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Structural Empowerment

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Structural Empowerment UWHC Example

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) is an environment that values empowerment because empowered individuals are best able to solve problems, identify improvements, and exercise initiative. As part of the organization, UWHC Nursing Service works diligently to support an empowering environment through programs that recognize excellence in care delivery. Professional nurses are lifelong learners and the organization supports the efforts of individual nurses who participate in professional development activities. Both the Nursing Service and the broader organization understand the importance of monitoring the level of empowerment through satisfaction and engagement surveys.

Structural Empowerment Overview

Solid structures and processes developed by influential leadership provide an innovative environment where strong professional practice flourishes and where the mission, vision and values come to life to achieve the outcomes believed to be important for the organization.

Further strengthening practice are the strong relationships and partnerships developed among all types of community organizations to improve patient outcomes and the health of the communities they serve. This is accomplished through the organization's strategic plan, structure, systems, policies, and programs.

Staff needs to be developed, directed, and empowered to find the best way to accomplish the organizational goals and achieve desired outcomes. This may be accomplished through a variety of structures and programs—one size does not fit all.

Structural Empowerment Sources of Evidence

Professional Development

SE1EO: Clinical nurses are involved in interprofessional decision-making groups at the organizational level

(Examples include organizational quality councils, budget review committees, equipment selection committees, mortality and morbidity committees, pharmacy and therapeutics committees, blood utilization committees, safety committees, and bioethics committees.)

SE2EO:The healthcare organization supports nurses’ participation in local, regional, national, or international professional organizations.

Commitment to Professional Development

SE3EO: The organization supports nurses’ continuous professional development.


SE4EO: Nurses participate in professional development activities designed to improve their knowledge, skills, and/or practices in the workplace. Professional development activities are designed to improve the professional practice of nursing or patient outcomes, or both. May include interprofessional activities.

Does not include orientation-related education.


SE5: Nursing education opportunities are provided for those interested in a nursing career.

Teaching and Role Development

SE6: The organization provides opportunities to improve nurses’ expertise in effectively teaching a patient or family.

SE7: The organization facilitates the effective transition of registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses into the work environment. Choose two of the four below:




SE8: The organization provides educational activities to improve the nurse’s expertise as a preceptor.

Commitment to Community Involvement

SE9: The organization supports nurses’ participation in community healthcare outreach.


SE10EO: Nurses participate in the assessment and prioritization of the healthcare needs of the community.

Recognition of Nursing

SE11: Nurses are recognized for their contributions in addressing the strategic priorities of the organization.


Content reflects Magnet Application Addendums through June 2014.