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Nursing Committee Structure (2.10)

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2.10

POLICY & PROCEDURE





Effective Date:
August 1, 2016

Administrative Manual
Nursing Manual
 Other _______________

Policy #:
2.10

Original
 Revision

Page 1
Of 2

Title:
Nursing Council Structure


I. PURPOSE:
A. To ensure professional nursing staff involvement in managing nursing practice,
advocating for resources supporting unit/division goals and influencing organizational
decision making through participation in nursing, multidisciplinary, and unit-based
committees, task forces, and councils.
B. The purpose of the UW Health nursing shared governance bylaws is to provide an
operational framework that supports the professional practice of UW Health nursing.
UW Health nurses define shared governance as an organized system for collaborative
decision making and self-regulation which empowers nurses in all roles to:
1. Advance professional practice and autonomy
2. Improve nurse satisfaction
3. Promote a healthy work environment
4. Achieve quality patient and family-centered care that is culturally congruent
II. PHILOSOPHY:
A. Nursing's organizational model, structure and process are based upon the belief that:
1. Professional nursing practice is fostered and supported in an environment where
registered nurses are involved in self-governance and decision making structures
and processes that establish standards of practice and address issues of concern.
2. Issues and problems are best identified and solved by those most closely affected
by the issue and decision.
3. Committees involving staff produce highly relevant and practical decisions.
4. Through committee participation, staff gain an awareness of their value as
professionals, as well as an understanding of the organization as a whole.
5. Committee processes foster colleagueship, team building, and development of
leadership potential.
6. The flow of information is bi-directional and horizontal between and among
professional nurses at the bedside, the leadership team and the Senior Vice
President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer.
B. UW Health Shared governance supports
1. UW Health organizational values; integrity, innovation, compassion,
accountability, respect, excellence
2. University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Nursing Professional Practice
Model related to patient, family and community, clinical practice, leadership,
professional development, seamless transitions of care, innovation, and

POLICY & PROCEDURE





Effective Date:
August 1, 2016

Administrative Manual
Nursing Manual
 Other _______________

Policy #:
2.10

Original
 Revision

Page 2
Of 2

Title:
Nursing Council Structure


continuous transfer of knowledge
3. Magnet concept, “Nurses throughout the organization are involved in shared-
governance and decision making structures and processes that establish standard
of practice and address opportunities for improvement” (Magnet 2014 application
manual, page 34)

III. RELATED DOCUMENTS
A. UW Health Nursing Shared Governance Bylaws (see Related section on U-Connect)

IV. REFERENCES:
A. Application Manual: Magnet Recognition Program, (2008 edition), American Nurses
Credentialing Center, Silver Spring , MD

V. AUTHORED BY
a. Director, Nursing Practice Innovation, Evidence Based Practice

VI. REVIEWED BY:
A. Nursing Councils, July 2016
B. Magnet Program Specialist, July 2016
C. Nursing Coordinating Council, July 2016
D. Nursing Administrative Policy and Procedure Committee, July 2016

SIGNED BY:

Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP
Senior Vice President Patient Care Services,
Chief Nursing Officer