Shared Governance Model

Sentara RMH implemented its Shared Governance Model in January 2006.

Shared Governance is the framework that the Patient Care Division utilizes to facilitate nursing clinical practice. The Councilor Model includes staff nurse representation across Sentara RMH, who share in the opportunity to implement programs, policy, and procedures that will improve their work environment, as well as nursing practice. At Sentara RMH, Shared Governance is divided into four councils:

Quality & Safety Council

Develops PI action plans from data; oversees compliance with interdisciplinary/core measures, regulatory issues, patient safety, and patient satisfaction; parallels professional practice council activities; conforms to the guidelines of the Joint Commission; reviews quality and safety data to identify trends.

Education & Professional Development Council

Assesses educational needs and provides opportunities for growth; incorporates evidence-based practice; identifies and utilizes the best possible resources; oversees clinical ladders; standardizes education.

Professional Practice Council

Creates, reviews, and revises nursing policy and procedures that reflect best practice and ensures patient safety; manages the online Mosby tool; Assists in the development of patient education materials; serves as experts for nurse case reviews; explores operational issues (skill mix, API self-scheduling).

Research & Evidence-Based Practice Council

Formalizes the process of using evidence-based practice; approves and supports research studies; Foster multi-disciplinary collaboration on projects; Foster collaboration with JMU, EMU, etc