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:

Education & Professional Development Council

Conducts learning needs assessment to assess educational needs, provides opportunities for professional growth; incorporates evidence-based practice; identifies and utilizes the best possible resources; oversees clinical ladders; and sets goals for BSN and certification.

Evidence-Based Practice & Nursing Research Council

Formalizes the process of using evidence-based practice; approves and supports nursing research studies; fosters multi-disciplinary collaboration on projects; fosters collaboration with JMU and EMU, performs literature reviews to determine best practices, and supports NRP EBP projects.

Professional Practice & Safety Council

Reviews quality data to identify trends (NDNQI and CPI goals), evaluates culture of safety (for staff and patients), develops action plans from quality and safety data, oversees professional practice issues (scheduling/staffing, work flow, standards of care, etc.), and collaborates with EBP/Research Council.

Nursing Excellence Champions

Monitors RN satisfaction, work environment, and patient satisfaction, Magnet Standards, and Professional Practice Model, and oversees DAISY recognition program.