Nursing News: Shared Governance Is an Effective Nurse Retention Tool

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 5th, 2012

Developing shared governance can empower direct care nurses to make decisions about their practice and take more responsibility. It has been shown to increase nurse retention and employee satisfaction, improve safety, patient experience and satisfaction, reduce lengths of stay, and result in a more robust bottom line.

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

Ensuring such an environment is simpler if organizations adopt a shared governance structure that empowers direct care nurses and other healthcare workers to be involved in decision making around patient care in all practice settings.

The model of shared governance also engages shared leadership based on the principles of partnership, equity, accountability, and ownership at the point of service.

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