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This month’s featured best practice from Meagan Jones, RN-CMSRN, a staff nurse at New Hanover Regional Medical Center Surgery Navigation Center, Wilmington, NC.

Meagan discusses how the clinical ladder, which has been incorprorated within the framework of shared governance, fosters innovative clinical approaches, in this case, the use of knee-high TEDS as opposed to thigh-high options, through evidence-based inquiry and interprofessional collaboration on an adult inpatient surgery unit. If you have a best practice achieved through your shared governance councils and you’d like to share it with the world, send us an email at info@sharedgovernance.org.

Yes, the Forum for Shared Governance is accrediting worthy organizations that demonstrate real shared governance. We just accredited another stellar hospital, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. It’s not easy to earn our approval, and we couldn’t be more proud of this organization! You can read about Hackensack Meridian Health’s journey as the first system to be accredited by the Forum in this recently published article, Measuring shared governance: One healthcare system’s experience.

We needed a nurse manager on our board. Meet David Silva, DNP, MN, RN, Nurse Manager, Ambulatory Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR. He joins Karen Mayer, PhD, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer of Rush Oak Park Hospital, Oak Park, IL to lend management expertise to our advisory board, which comprises a broad range of staff and educator expertise from Millennials to Baby boomers. This broad group of healthcare professionals are guiding the Forum and directing the future of shared governance.

 

Have you figured out how to include your night shift into shared governance? Dr Sue Weaver, a nurse scientist, has. Read her advice here from Hackensack Meridian Health, the first healthcare system to be accredited in shared governance by the Forum for Shared Governance, and a response from Dr Barb Haag-Heitman, noted shared governance consultant and board member for the Forum. How about making shared governance work in a union environment? Dr Edna Cadmus has made her experience available to you right here. Advice on issues are archived in our Advice from the Forum section, along with our best practices, but they are restricted to Members Only. To become a member for free, simply send an email to info@sharedgovernance.org.

Want to set your staff on fire about shared governance? Dr Bob, Founder of the Forum & Career Blogger for Nurse.com can do that! Or why not have both Bob Hess and Diana Swihart, the world’s current leading authorities on governance innovations, come in to revitalize your program. Drop us a note. Meanwhile, you can better understand shared governance by taking their online CE course, free to those who become Forum Members, which is also free!

Want to know what we really think about participation in shared governance? Read the blog on Nurse.com, Shared Governance Really Thrives When Nurses Step Up and Participate

Five Tips for a Thriving Shared Governance Model in 2018 Shared governance has been around for more than 40 years. And although we have known where issues in implementation lie, innovative solutions have only recently emerged. Here are five surefire tips to strengthen any organization’s shared governance program

Did you know that the Index of Professional Nursing Governance and the Index of Professional Governance , the only reliable, validated instruments for measuring shared governance, are now available in shortened forms of only 50 items? They are available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Portuguese, English (American and UK versions), Finnish, and Thai. Go to the INPG/IPG Guidelines begin to document your shared governance journey for Magnet and Pathways designations. You can evaluate how well your councils function as well with our new survey instrument, Council Health.

Find the latest advice on careers, professional development, and the job market from the Forum’s Founder & Career Blogger, Bob Hess, at nurse.com.

The Forum is constantly revising its list of SG Hospitals Online. Send a request to determine your organization’s eligibility for this prestigious, but free listing.

Did you know that more than 100 citations and abstracts are available in our shared governance articles database now?

Want to set your staff on fire about shared governance? Bob can do that! Or why not have both Bob Hess and Diana Swihart, the world’s current leading authorities on governance innovations, come in to revitalize your program. Drop us a note. Meanwhile, you can better understand shared governance by taking their online CE course, free to those who become Forum Members, which is also free!

Kerry Taylor and Anna-Marie Edwards from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have been included on a prestigious new list that showcases the most influential people in the nursing world. The Nursing Times Leaders List is published annually and highlights nurses who are making an impact in their profession. Kerry and Anna-Marie, both shared governance facilitators have been included for their work on Shared Governance, which is leading the way nationally. Want to see what shared governance means to the Maternity Department at Nottingham University Hospitals? Take a look. Want to see how it exhilarates the nursing staff of the entire Trust of 1,800 totally full beds? Spend five minutes here!

Nurses report their model of Interprofessional Shared Governance: The Visiting Nurse Service of New York Experience.

Did you know that the Index of Professional Nursing Governance and the Index of Professional Governance has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Portuguese, English (UK version), Finnish, and Thai. Go to the INPG/IPG Guidelines to find out how you can measure shared governance in your organization and document your journey for Magnet and Pathways qualifications.

Have a website relevant to shared governance and empowering healthcare professionals you’d like posted on our Links page? Let us know.

Want to find out if you have real shared governance? Join the 200 hospitals nationally and internationally that have surveyed their staff and managers with the Index of Professional Nursing Governance. Got journey? Your organization is either on or off the bus with this one. Read Bob Hess’s 17-year retrospective on the IPNG and the generic IPG, Slicing and Dicing Shared Governance: In and Around the Numbers.

Shared Governance is an organizational innovation that gives healthcare professionals control over their practice and extends their influence into administrative areas previously controlled only by managers. Governance models will be evidence-based, because we’re doing the research. Send us questions about shared governance or read an overview.