Shared governance is a journey, not a destination (Hess, 2004) and is evidenced by our continued growth towards an exemplary professional practice rich with new knowledge, innovation, and improved empirical outcomes.
Cleveland Clinic employs a model of Nursing Shared Governance to serve as the formal infrastructure to promote a culture that involves nurses, who provide direct care services, in shared leadership; collaboration and exchange of ideas; opportunities for and accessibility to continuous learning, information and resources; decision making; innovative and participatory change management; and engaged action regarding their practice and ownership of the professional practice environment with clarity of vision and shared purpose.
Components of the Model
Accountability: Responsibility and willingness to invest in ethical practices through shared decision making
Empowerment: Authority and autonomy to make decisions about nursing practice
Equality: Shared focus on patients, services, and staff; all essential to providing safe and effective care
Partnership: Collaboration and teamwork among caregivers and patients/families
Nursing Institute Professional Practice Model
A professional model of shared decision making that gives nurses across the care settings a voice to affect their practice and the care provided for patients. The American Nurses Credentialing Center considers the concepts of shared governance throughout an organization when granting Magnet® and Journey to Pathway to Excellence® program designations.
The shared governance model is based on a number of core principles:
Shared focus on patients, services, and staff; all essential to providing safe and effective care
Authority and autonomy to make decisions about nursing practice
Responsibility and willingness to invest in ethical practices through shared decision making
Collaboration and teamwork among caregivers and patients/families
Interested in learning about Cleveland Clinic’s Shared Governance Consultation & Advisory Services?
Please contact Monica Weber by email at email@example.com to discuss consultation fees and how Cleveland Clinic can best work with you.