Leadership has always been at the heart of nursing, and we believe knowledgeable, collaborative and genuinely caring nurse leaders are essential to a strong nursing team. Our commitment to supportive and strong nursing leadership inspired and guided the development of our shared governance structure. Shared Governance promotes clinical staff empowerment and shared decision-making.
As active members in our shared governance council structure, our nurses play an important role in decisions that impact policies, procedures, processes and outcomes at the point of care. In fact, all of our clinical staff have a voice in professional governance through council representatives, staff meetings, and unit-based learning and idea boards.
As part of Covenant Health, St. Mary’s Health System and our team of nurses have access to an even deeper bench of nursing experience and expertise. Here is a high-level overview of our council structures and their unique roles.
In addition to offering nurses additional opportunities to grow and advance, there are numerous benefits that result from nursing professional shared governance, including: