What are you doing on Thursday, May 24? You could join Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN, Founder of the Forum for Shared Governance & Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN at the New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton, where they are speaking about Trends in Nursing Workforce: Strategies for Optimal Care.

This month’s featured best practice from Julie Villa, MSN, RN, CCRN-K & Darla Harmer, MSN, RN, of Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ introduces the unique role of the Unit Nurse Leader. 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 infor@sharedgovernance.org.

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.

Meet Jessi Nowak, a staff nurse on the adult inpatient surgical unit and surgical step-down unit at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC. She is also the chair of the Nursing Congress, leading four shared governance councils and overseeing the unit-based councils. She joins recently appointed board members, Emily Rowe, a registered adult nurse at Queens Medical Centre, East Midlands, UK;  Tia Schober, an assistant nurse manager at Inspira Medical Center, Vineland, NJ; Shaden Mustafa, a staff nurse at Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ; Ashley Weaver, a clinical nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Annie Stibich, a staff nurse from Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield, Ohio. These nurses are truly the future of shared governance.

Do you think your organization has rteal shared governance? The Forum for Shared Governance now accredits organizations that offer supporting evidence of such a program. Rush Copley Medical Center, Aurora, IL and Monmonth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ are the most recent organizations to achieve accreditation. They join Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham, UK (the first accredited international healthcare system);  Hackensack Meridian Health, Edison, NJ (the first healthcare system awarded accreditation); Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ; Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD; Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE; and Conway Regional Medical Center, Conway, AR (the first accredited interprofessional model), all stellar exemplars of the first organizations to  be  accredited. Look for details or email infor@sharedgovernance.org for application criteria.

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.

Read what Bob Hess, the Forum’s founder, has to say about Professional Governance: Another New Concept? the January editorial in the Journal of Nursing Administration, and Dr Tim Porter-O’Grady’s measured reaction in the February guest editorial,A Response to the Question of Professional Governance Versus Shared Governance. 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?

Drs Bob Hess and consults with a powerhouse of nurses involved in shared governance at Bassett Medical Center in Upstate New York.

Dr. Bob Hess at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY

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.