Inside scoop from our experts: Outline expectations for the organizationwide council

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, January 20, 2009

This week, a reader asks about the responsibilities of the organizationwide council. Read the response from our advisor Meryl Montgomery, MSN, RN, project director for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

Q: What are some responsibilities of an organizationwide council?

A: Your organizationwide council can take on many different responsibilities depending on your hospital’s needs. Overall, the organizationwide council’s roles should be reflected in your shared governance bylaws. For example, the following is a list of responsibilities for The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s organizationwide council, which are depicted in our bylaws:

  • Assesses nursing practice and patient care issues across the organization
  • Addresses overlap, redundancy, gaps, and need for standardization of nursing practices and patient care
  • Communicates decisions and discussions to other shared governance councils and staff
  • Forwards decisions or unresolved issues to the executive council
  • Assures appropriate input from unit councils, RNs, and other organizational staff to develop solutions to problems and opportunities
  • Provides reports to the nursing executive council on a monthly basis
  • Provides quarterly reports regarding strategic goals and inventory of projects, initiatives, improvements, and innovations in each shared governance council

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