Nursing News: Shared Governance Increases Nurse Retention and Patient Satisfaction

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 15th, 2012

Developing a shared governance structure empowers direct care nurses to make decisions and take more responsibility. This has been shown to increase nurse retention and employee satisfaction, improve safety and patient satisfaction, reduce lengths of stay, and result in an increased 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 care is practiced, delivered, and measured for continuous improvement.

Ensuring such an environment is simpler if organizations adopt a formal shared governance structure that empowers direct care nurses and other healthcare workers to be involved in decision making about patient care in all practice settings. Shared governance is a proven strategy for nurse retention.

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