Empower Nurses with Shared Governance

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 20th, 2011

Developing a shared governance structure empowers nurses to make decisions about their practice and take more responsibility. It has been shown to increase retention and employee satisfaction, improve safety and patient satisfaction, reduce lengths of stay, and result in a higher bottom line.

Every nurse wants to work in an organization that has a healthy work environment, where team members work collaboratively and make decisions about the way nursing care is delivered and measured for ongoing improvement.

Ensuring such an environment is best if organizations adopt a formal shared governance structure that empowers nurses and all other healthcare workers to have a voice. This not only ensures better patient care, but aids nurse retention.

To learn more of my nurse recruitment and retention strategies and/or to have me speak at our facility to increase morale, retention and recruitment, contact me.

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