Ask the expert: Get shared governance support from the CNO

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, May 26, 2009

This week, a reader asks if the CNO needs to support the organization’s shared governance model. Read the response from advisor Barbara Hannon, RN, MSN, CPHQ, an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) coordinator at a Midwest organization.

Q: Does the CNO need to support the organization’s shared governance model?

A: The success of any shared governance model depends on the support and influence of the CNO. The CNO should provide support, guide conflict resolution, facilitate discussions, forge organizational links, and merge the departmental vision and the organizations model of care with the shared governance model so all are working in sync with the same goals. In addition, the CNO should systematically evaluate the shared governance system to see if the numbers of councils are appropriate, the scope of each council is prudent, and the appropriate chairs and members are involved. By chairing the “coordinating council,” the CNO can easily be involved in the governance operations.

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