The Forum accredited three new hospitals this week – . Medicine (Doha, Qatar), Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL), and Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center (Irvine, CA). Does your organization have what it takes to meet our criteria? Read about Hackensack Meridian Health’s journey, the first system to be accredited by the Forum,  Measuring shared governance: One healthcare system’s experience. And amazingly, our accreditation is FREE!

Please consider participating in this IRB-approved study to determine the relationship between nurse perceptions of a caring culture and professional nursing governance. Read about it or go directly to the survey. You may be eligible if you are a registered nurse working in a role that requires a nursing license at a healthcare organization. You are the experts. Your input drive new knowledge to support the personal and professional well-being of the nursing profession.

 alt=We just informed our board member, Norine Watson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, that her hospital, Nemours Children’s Health, Delaware Valley, is the first organization to be REACCREDITED in shared governance by the Forum for Shared Governance. Hard enough to qualify in a quantitative way in the first place, but to demonstrate the evidence a second time is worthy of loud applause.

Here’s an overview of shared governance. Here’s open access to one of Nurse Leader‘s most cited articles since 2018, Drs Hess, Weaver & Speroni’s “Shared Governance During a Pandemic.” And just out in Nurse Leader, nurses at Arkansas Children’s Hospital report the “Use of the [our] Council Health Survey to Assess Shared Governance in a Pediatric Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

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 nurses learned, working during the pandemic, on

Contrary to some recent claims, Professional Governance is NOT a new concept. In 1992, Dr Robert Hess first popularized the phrase as a multidimensional organizational characteristic that includes the structures and processes by which professionals direct, control, and regulate goal-oriented efforts of one another. Professional governance, NOT a synonym for shared governance, encompasses a continuum from traditional to shared to self governance. In 1994, Hess further promoted the phrase by creating and copyrighting The Index of Professional Governance and The Index of Professional Nursing Governance. These survey instruments remain the only valid, reliable, contemporary means of specifically quantifying  professional governance, including shared governance. Shared governance in a managerial innovation that gives healthcare professionals control over their practice, while extending their influence over supporting resources that were previously controlled only by managers; it also reconciles sometimes competing roles of being a professional and an employee. The IPNG/IPG measures what is being controlled in an organization, to what extend and by whom. Organizations that reach the shared governance threshold are eligible for free accreditation by the Forum for Shared Governance.

 alt=Just in from our board member in Finland, Taina Kanninen: “Professional Governance in Finnish Nursing – Measured by the Index of Professional Nursing Governance.” Shared governance is an international affair, and the IPNG is now in 11 languages. Read about your colleagues in Finland.

2022! It’s another new year with the same old COVID, albeit in new variant forms. Now what? Take 10 minutes and focus on our Six Tips for a Thriving Shared Governance Model in 2022. If that’s not enough, contact #DrBobRN. Won’t cost you a nickel (remember those?).

Disseminate! The Forum is now offering a mechanism for nurses to disseminate professional governance-related research studies to internal and external audiences and fulfill credentialing agencies’ requirements at the same time, through our peer-reviewed Poster Section. Contact the Forum for Shared Governance.

We welcome submissions for our growing library of Best Practices, derived from shared governance council work and accessible to Members Only. Contact the Forum for Shared Governance for your complimentary membership and see our latest addition from Monmouth Medical Center, NJ from Emily Recchia, BSN, RN-BC; Sheeba Suresh, BSN, RN-BC; Raluca Girdea, BSN, RN-BC; and Peter Terrili PT, DPT.


Meet the Forum’s newest advisory board member, Sarah L Brzozowski, PhD, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, the Director of Magnet and Nursing Excellence at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin. Sarah is accountable for UW Health’s Magnet designation and also oversees nursing research, evidence-based practice programming, and leads shared governance initiatives. Sarah assisted UW Health in becoming only the second healthcare system to be accredited as a shared governance institution by the Forum for Shared Governance in 2021.


The Montana Hospital Association has awarded Logan Health – Whitefish (formerly, North Valley Hospital) the Innovation in Healthcare Award for its Shared Leadership Model, a nurse-driven project created to empower nursing staff to manage and express their practice with the highest level of professional autonomy. This organization is also the first critical access hospital to be accredited in shared governance by the Forum for Shared Governance.

 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.

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

Want to set your staff on fire about shared governance? Why not have both Dr Bob Hess and Dr Diana Swihart, the world’s current leading authorities on governance innovations, help staff and managers better understand shared governance by taking their online CE course, free to those who become Forum Members, which is also free! Drop us a note.

Want to know what we really think about participation in shared governance? Read the blog on, 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. Any of these instruments are free to researchers and students.

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

Have information relevant to shared governance and the empowerment of healthcare professionals you’d like to have posted on our website? Let us know. 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.

Want to find out if you have real shared governance? Join the hundreds of 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 conceptual 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.