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Disseminate! The Forum is now offering a mechanism for nurses to disseminate professional governance-related research studies to internal and external audiences, through our newly created peer-reviewed Poster Section. Contact #DrBobRN.

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 complementary 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.

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Meet the Forum’s newest advisory board member, Sarah L Brzozowski, PhD(c), 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.

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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.

The Forum’s accreditation program is thriving, recognizing its newest 28th organization, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and its second healthcare system and 27th organization, UW Health (Madison, Wisconsin) which joins recently accredited 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 – wait for it – our accreditation is free!

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 CareerWhisperer.org.

Here’s a brand new 2021 overview of shared governance. And want to know what how organizations used shared governance 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.

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 2021 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.

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.