Nursing Shared Governance

Empowering Nurses

At Aria Health we are very proud of our professional nursing staff. Our Department of Nursing utilizes a nursing shared governance structure to empower professional nurses to collectively impact upon their own practice, as well as their patients' outcomes. The nurses' decision-making is utilized in the work of the varied councils. The councils are composed of a variety of members of the nursing department, including staff nurses, managers, administrators and educators.

The nursing shared governance structure is comprised of the Nurse Executive Council, led by two direct care nurses and our Chief Nursing Officer, which oversees the Clinical Practice Council, Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and Research Council and the Nursing Professional Development Council. Each unit has their own shared governance council and has a representative on the Nurse Executive Council.

Nursing Executive Council:

  • Clinical Practice Council: Has oversight and advocates for committees that do work related to nurse-sensitive quality indicators, such as pressure ulcers, falls and hospital acquired infections, catheter or line associated infections.
  • EBP and Research Council: Has oversight and advocates for committees that do work related implementation of nursing best practices, such as policy development, nursing informatics and identification and implementation of practices to support nurse wellness.
  • Nursing Professional Development Council: Has oversight and provides support for committees that do work related nurses' commitment to professional growth and development, such as nursing education, reward and recognition initiatives and community outreach programs.
  • Nursing Resource Council – This council is responsible to assure staffing effectiveness, participate in staffing model development, review and develop guidelines in accordance with national nursing organizations’ recommendations. This council also monitors key nursing metrics, such as turnover, vacancy rates, productivity and staffing levels, as well as key nurse sensitive quality indicators. Our nursing organization participates in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI). Staff nurses participate in the NDNQI RN Survey on a regular basis. This survey measures factors that impact nurse satisfaction and nursing professional practice. We utilize this data base to benchmark our outcomes within the data base peer group. These outcomes are monitored at the unit level by the shared governance unit based councils and plans are developed with the support of the nursing leadership team