Inside scoop from our experts: Identify the nurse manager council role

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, April 14, 2009

This week, a reader asks what role the nurse manager council plays within the shared governance model. Read the response from advisor Meryl Montgomery, MSN, RN, director for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

Q: What role does the nurse manager council play within your shared governance model?

A: At The Medical Center of Central Georgia, our nurse manager council, which is called the operations council, focuses on operational issues versus sustaining and enhancing a culture of nursing excellence. We have found that this focus has allowed us to provide support for managers whose leadership style is more autocratic and less empowering. Below is a list of some of the roles, which are featured in our shared governance bylaws:

  • Coordinates communication of shared governance council structures and operations
  • Obtains departmental nursing feedback and input regarding patient care, nursing practice issues, and changes across the organization
  • Develops strategies for effective resource management in assuring excellence in patient care and nursing practice
  • Informs and makes recommendations to nursing administration regarding management issues
  • Addresses management recommendations from various task forces and assists peers in developing and evaluating effective recruitment and retention strategies and goals
  • Develops and implements strategies for recognition of exceptional aspects of nursing governance, care, and practice across the organization
  • Helps coordinate Magnet Recognition Program® fundraising events

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