Tips from BESD: Nursing professional development specialists and implementing shared decision-making

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 2, 2010

by Debbie Buchwach, MSN, RN-BC

Whether your organization is new to shared governance or is trying to revitalize a current program, nursing professional development specialists play an integral role in an organization's shared governance structure. 

My organization created a professional development strategy designed to strengthen the nurse leaders serving in our shared governance model. Because committee members have been replaced over time through elections and normal turnover, nursing leaders realized that not all committee members possess the knowledge and skills required to be effective leaders.

So we decided to offer a training workshop for new managers and staff nurses. After I conducted a review of literature to identify essential education required by members serving in a shared governance model, I developed and conducted a learning needs assessment. Findings from the needs assessment determined the content for the workshop.

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