Unit Based Councils

 

Shared governance is a structure that supports nurses in having a strong voice in nursing practice and improving patient care using evidence-based practice. A structure of Unit-Based Practice Councils was developed at South Nassau as the foundation and forum for Shared Decision-Making.

The purpose of the Unit-Based Councils is to promote decision making at the unit level and provide an opportunity for participation by all staff. Unit-Based Practice Councils are critical for planning, improving and maintaining quality patient care throughout Patient Care Services. Unit-Based Councils can enrich our nursing practice and supports the premise that the staff closest to patient care are those best to involve to improve health care outcomes and the practice environment.

Each unit has a Unit-based Council, which reports their activities and projects to the Nurse Practice Council. The Unit Based Councils are led by an RN chairperson and co-chairperson. They are assisted by a facilitator, external to the unit, who assists the council in collaborating with other disciplines and working through systems and processes. Decision at the council level is achieved through consensus and defined by established bylaws within a framework of professional practice. The Unit Councils work collaboratively with the Nurse Manager and Assistant Nurse Manager of the Unit in a construct of shared decision-making. The result is a team working together to provide excellence in patient care outcomes and a positive work environment for nurses.

 

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