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Shared Governance for Nursing Leadership

Porter Adventist Hospital Nursing Division supports a shared decision making model. Our council model consists of the following councils: Nursing Practice Council, Professional Development Council, Advanced Practice Nurse Council, Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council, Clinical Management Council and Shared Leadership Council.

The Nursing Practice Council...
has oversight for promotion of excellence and quality in the practice of nursing at Porter Adventist Hospital. The NPC translates empowerment, responsibility, and accountability to the clinical nurses. Members of the Nurse Practice Council represent each of their respective nursing units. 

The NPC defines, approves, implements, and maintains a standard of practice in which clinical excellence and optimal patient care are promoted through shared governance. The Council works to ensure all practice and patient care decisions are consistent with evidence-based practice and professional standards.

The Professional Development Council...
promotes educational initiatives that create a learning organization and enhance the education and development of PAH associates. In addition, council members facilitate specialty development and career advancement for PAH employees. Membership of the PDC includes Advanced Practice Nurses, general staff development educators, and unit-based clinical educators. 

The PDC will focus on facilitating needs assessment and competency processes, along with highlighting innovative educational resources and technology that will ensure associates learn in the most effective manner. In addition, council members will facilitate specialty development and career advancement for PAH employees.

The Advanced Practice Nurse Council...
enhances and promotes Advance Practice Nursing (APN) at Porter Hospital through leadership, education, research, and collaboration/consultation. This Council promotes the opportunity for growth of advanced practice nurses, along with leadership, through identification of areas for improvement and their resolutions within this diverse group of clinicians. The Council serves as an advisory council to the Senior Administration Team.

The Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council...
supports evidence-based practice and nursing research as two critical elements basic to the provision of nursing care at Porter Adventist Hospital. The Council aims to increase the ability of all nursing staff to provide evidence-based care, to increase the involvement of the nursing staff in nursing research and to facilitate nursing research at Porter Adventist Hospital. Members of the EBP council include staff nurses, nursing leadership and interdisciplinary members.

The Clinical Management Council...
defines, approves, implements, and maintains fiscal and human resource accountability for the practice of clinical excellence and optimal patient care through shared governance. Membership of the management council includes representatives from all levels of nursing leadership and clinical representation.

The Shared Governance Leadership Council...
coordinates projects and efforts of all Councils, working toward consensus of identifying priorities to support excellence in collaborative patient care through shared governance. Membership of this council consists of chairs of each of the shared governance council. The CNO facilitates the shared governance model as the chair of this council.

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