Does shared governance work?

Does shared governance work?

Last week, we heard from Cheryl Briggs of the EBP/Research Council and Mary Hantske from the Clinical Education Council in the blog article, Decisions. Decisions. Shared Governance gives us all a voice. Today, two nurses from the Professional Nurse Council (PNC), a council that acts as a voice for nursing for the advancement of nursing practice and service excellence, share their perspective.

I am so inspired to be a part of PNC. It’s amazing to be part of a group of nurses that represent many different areas throughout the hospital coming together as a collective, empowered voice of professional nursing practice and development. Since joining approximately six months ago, I have an even greater enthusiasm for my career, similar to what I experienced when I started nursing 25 years ago.” -Christine Gates, RN, CPN (askAAMC)

I like being on the PNC because I get to work with nurses in other areas of the hospital. As I am from the NICU, I do not get to work with other nurses outside of the Clatanoff except for on PNC. I like being able to see and hear what about hot topics on the other side of the hospital and how PNC contributes to this.”          –Carin Weinreich, BSN, RN (NICU)

Shared governance works at AAMC. Evidence of the contribution of PNC is in our Magnet© document. Check out TL 10, for example. Here’s a quick summary of the narrative:

PNC provides a forum for staff nurses to participate in planning and decision making for professional nursing at AAMC. At the January 2012 PNC meeting, members identified barriers to staff nurses seeking clinical ladder designation. They recommended that changes be made to the clinical ladder structure and that the process be simplified for applicants. 

Sherry Perkins, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, presented the PNC’s recommendations to Irma Holland, MSN, RN, Clinical Nursing Director of Clinical Education and Professional Development, who is the Professional Development Initiative director lead. Senior nurse leaders discussed the recommended changes at a nursing leadership meeting in December 2012.

Based on the PNC recommendations and under Holland’s direction and leadership, nurses participating in the Professional Development Initiative made modifications to the clinical ladder process and criteria. The training provided to staff nurses and nurse leaders included a Professional Development Day on April 19, 2013, which was attended by more than 50 staff nurses. The revised clinical ladder was successfully implemented on May 1, 2013.

The changes made to the clinical ladder criteria and process based on staff nurse input have had a significant impact on the number of nurses seeking clinical ladder designation. The most dramatic increase in applicants has been at Level I with 2 RNI’s prior to the change and 8 RNI’s after the modifications. (Data as of August 2013)

What are AAMC’s nursing councils? Click here to veiw our council structure.

What does each council do? Click here for Councils at a Glance, an uncomplicated chart outlining each council’s purpose and oversight.

Who is your unit’s PNC representative? If you don’t know, talk to your director. Then work with them to let your voice to be heard!

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