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Inside scoop from our experts: Engage nightshift staff in shared governance

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, January 6, 2009

This week, a reader asks how to engage nightshift staff in shared governance. Read the response from our advisor Meryl Montgomery, MSN, RN, MRP, project director at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

Q: How do you engage nightshift staff in shared governance?

A: At The Medical Center of Central Georgia, we do the following to engage the nightshift staff in shared governance:

  • Conduct conference calls. This allows us to engage night nurses and those RNs who are off and live a distance away or who have childcare issues, etc. 
  • Have flexible shared governance bylaws to allow each unit to conduct what works best for them. For example, some unit councils meet less frequently for longer times, some meet off campus for lunch or dinner, and some incorporate their council work at the end of staff meetings.

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