Best practice: Teach council chairs how to run successful meetings

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

Many bedside caregivers have little training in how to run successful meetings, so it can be challenging for them when they first become chairs of their organization's shared governance councils. Such was the situation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP)-designated facility since 2007.

So the shared governance communication committee decided to educate new unit council chairs by holding retreats in which experienced chairs taught new personnel key aspects of running successful meetings, including how to write minutes, set an agenda, and establish ground rules.

The retreats also included a panel discussion at the end of the day during which experienced unit council chairs held a mock meeting, each taking on different roles and scenarios.

Source: HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, July issue. Don't have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro's Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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