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Shared Governance / Councils

It is working together to make decisions that affect nursing practice and patient care. The tenets of our shared governance model include:

  • Accountability in practice that includes professional practice standards, quality job descriptions, care delivery systems, and nursing participation on committees.
  • Safety and quality are enhanced through evidence-based mechanisms for quality improvement, utilizing data from trusted sources, measurable evaluation criteria, a distinct evaluation process, peer review, and research. 
  • Professional development includes an ongoing needs assessment process, and incorporation of new standards of practice and the adoption and commitment to evidence based practices.  
  • Management responsibilities include provision of resources, implementation of council recommendations, interdepartmental problem solving, facilitating staff problem solving/decision making, and authentic leadership. 
  • A department based on individual integrity, shared beliefs, risk taking, innovation, and values individual contributions.
  • Maximum productivity results when organizational and personal values are congruent. 
  • Involves staff in leadership, education, quality, and practice issues. 
  • Supports an organizational culture with strong relationships built on effective communication and collaboration. 
  • Committed to the development of resiliency where healthy nurses possess the ability to return to a state of normalcy or to “bounce back” from adversity or trauma and remain focused and optimistic about the future. Resilience is an imperative quality for nurses to possess because of the stressful nature of the profession of nursing. BMC provides opportunities for nurses to develop the qualities of resilient nurses. 

The Shared Governance structure includes:

We are committed to interprofessional collaboration focused on the primacy of patients. Institutions that utilize shared governance at the organizational, departmental, and unit levels experience decreased turnover rates, and increased nursing satisfaction.