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Shared Governance

Shared Governance Model

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Creating a Shared Governance Culture

Shared Governance Manual

Houston Methodist Hospital has cultivated a one-of-a-kind manual that provides the essential tools and a step by step program to put your organization on a fast track to Shared Governance. This manual is organized into the phases of change pre-implementation, implementation and post-implementation for easy reference. The manual also includes a CD-ROM containing 65 sample documents and templates that can be coped and formatted to reflect a hospital's identity, saving time and making the integration of key Shared Governance concepts a success.

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Nurses at Houston Methodist Hospital know how to share - governance that is. We are proud to operate in a shared governance environment where for the past decade nurses have played an active role in driving their practice.

Nurses at Houston Methodist Hospital practice Shared Governance

This unique and innovative organizational method gives healthcare professionals control over their practice and extends their influence into administrative areas that were previously controlled only by managers. It is an evolutionary model that supports the strategic goals of nursing creating a higher quality in health care for our patients. The model allows nurses to exercise judgment in the clinical setting, which has been described in the Magnet research as one of the most significant factors affecting nurse job satisfaction and retention.

Mary Shepherd, RN, MS, CNAA has spearheaded a campaign to offer this Shared Governance methodology to other health care institutions by authoring a manual. Mary has nearly 30 years of progressive leadership experience working at Houston Methodist Hospital and is well versed in the areas of organizational development. She has used contemporary leadership theories to reshape the Hospital’s nursing culture and create therapeutic environments that support professional practice to improve patient outcomes.