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Heads up! The Forum for Shared Governance will be sponsoring a webinar, NCLEX — The Nursing Process for Everyday Problem-Solving, presented by Damion Jenkins, at 12 noon, Wednesday, May 18, 2021 as part of The Nurse Experts Webinar Series through Show Me Your Stethoscope!

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It’s been a cruel, tough year, but we’re tougher in our focus and caring. This photo is from the back of one of my (#DrBobHess) Nightingale letters, which I always feel privileged and obligated to share. If she was here, she’d be with the COVID patients, vaccinated, and she’d be so proud of YOU.

This year we promoting Elite Learning’s for Today, Hope for Tomorrow, a website to help you cope with the ways the pandemic has affected your well being and to learn self-care practice to allow you to thrive personally and professionally.

The Forum’s accreditation program is thriving, recognizing its second healthcare system and 27th organization, UW Health (Madison, Wisconsin) which joins King Hussein Cancer Center (Amman, Jordan), Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (Salinas, CA), Kootenai Health (Coeur d’Alene, ID), and our FIRST critical access hospital, North Valley Hospital (Whitefish, MT). Does your organization have what it takes to meet the criteria? And if you work in a system, you can read about Hackensack Meridian Health’s journey as the first system to be accredited by the Forum in this article, Measuring shared governance: One healthcare system’s experience. And amazingly, our accreditation is free!

 alt=Meet the Forum’s newest advisory board member, C.J. Newton, MSN, RN, NE-BC, coordinator of the simulation center at Baxter Regional Medical Center Mountain Home, Arkansas after 23 years at Conway Regional Medical Center, Conway, Arkansas, where she served as Director of Education and Clinical Excellence. In that role, she led the development and implementation of shared governance and the eventual accreditation of CRMC in shared governance by the Forum for Shared Governance,

Not all heroes wear capes. In fact, the real heroes of the pandemic wear scrubs to work while they help save the world. They are nurses. Know someone considering nursing? Here are six things they’ll gain working during the pandemic, on CareerWhisperer.org.

 

 alt=Welcome another new  Forum advisory board member, Karen Gabel Speroni, PhD, BSN, MHSA, RN. Karen has more than 35 years’ experience in biomedical research and hospital consultation, including hospitals, university teaching, Institutional Review Boards, contract research organizations, and pharmacoeconomic analysis. She consults for such prestigious organizations as the American Nurses Association, University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins. Karen was the principal investigator in the recent Forum-sanctioned multihospital, international study, investigating professional  governance and professional and patient outcomes, in press in the Journal of Nursing Administration (May and July/August, 2021). 

 alt=This Forum’s most recent best practice, centered on the pandemic, shows how Nemours Delaware Valley used COVID-19 to create a new normal. In early March, the Council Chairs that comprise the Executive Council met to figure out how to proceed. The Chair of the Congress, Aimee Taylor, BSN, RN, CPN, quickly pivoted to WebEx for the Congress and Executive Council meetings, and the Council Chairs followed. Monthly virtual meetings provide a focus to update all nurses in Nemours Delaware Valley, the first pediatric hospital to be accredited in shared governance by the Forum!

Read about how Dartmouth Hitchcock Health’s Nursing Practice Governance dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic in their Emergency Department. It’s got practices for YOU! Dealing with the pandemic? Create a Covid-19 Council to deal with current and future interprofessional issues with the virus. Solve problems, and bridge your model to an interprofessional one!

Here’s a brand new 2020 overview of shared governance. And want to to know what to do with shared governance in your organization during the pandemic? Just click here!

Members only! Take the CE module, Shared Governance: What It Can Mean For Nurses, written by Dr Robert Hess and Dr Diana Swihart, for free. Become a member of the Forum for Shared Governance, also for free, by emailing your name and email address to the Forum for Shared Governance.

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Our last featured best practice is from staff nurse Lauren Fleming, MA, BSN, RN-BC and other frontline nurses from Monmouth Medical Center where they launched the COVID-19 Nurse Liaison Task Force to bridge communication between the healthcare team, the patients, and their loved ones with a new role and structure. Lauren is the former chairperson of the Patient Care Coordinating Council, and former chairperson of and current consultant to the Medical-Surgical Shared Governance Council.

Read about how Dartmouth Hitchcock Health’s Nursing Practice Governance dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic in their Emergency Department. It’s got practices for YOU! Dealing with the pandemic? Create a Covid-19 Council to deal with current and future interprofessional issues with the virus. Solve problems, and bridge your model to an interprofessional one!

Contrary to some recent publications, Professional Governance is NOT a new concept. In 1992, Dr Robert Hess first popularized the phrase n in several peer-reviewed articles as a multidimensional organizational characteristic that includes the structure and processes by which professionals direct, control, and regulate goal-oriented efforts of one another. Professional governance encompasses a continuum from traditional to shared to self governance. Hess further promoted the phrase by copyrighting The Index of Professional Governance in1994. If you missed our webinar, Innovations in Shared Professional Governance: Competencies and Measurements, by Drs Bob Hess & Diana Swihart, you can hear it here.

Do you know how to implement shared governance in two years flat?! Well, we do!!! 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.

If you’re curious about why the Nottingham University Hospitals in the UK have become a leader in shared governance on the international stage, just watch this video.

Five Tips for a Thriving Shared Governance Model in 2020 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  program.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.