- Clinical Governance,
- Community Health Services,
- Cooperative Behavior,
- Cross-Sectional Studies,
- Decision Making,
- Job Satisfaction,
- Nursing Staff, Hospital,
- Power (Psychology),
- Quality of Health Care,
- Reproducibility of Results
OBJECTIVE: The study aim was to determine if a targeted redesign of shared decision making improved shared governance (SG).
BACKGROUND: Nursing SG is collaborative decision making between nurses at every level; it improves quality of care, empowers nurses, and enhances nurse satisfaction.
METHODS: Using a quasi-experimental, pretest/posttest design, researchers electronically distributed the Index of Professional Nursing Governance (IPNG) to an inclusive, convenience sample of RNs in a Magnet®-designated 377-bed community medical center. Preintervention scores were used to tailor a redesign of shared decision making, and postintervention data were collected within 1 year to measure outcomes.
RESULTS: IPNG overall score and 5 of 6 subscale scores significantly increased after the redesign.
CONCLUSIONS: Changes to an SG structure can take 2 to 5 years to be realized. Our findings corroborate that the IPNG is a valuable tool in promoting setting-specific SG.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sherri-mendelson/24/