Shared Governance

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Our Shared Governance model empowers our nurses to take the lead on issues such as patient safety, clinical practice, professional development, education, performance improvement, evidence-based practice and much more. Our shared governance model is the foundation for excellence in patient care.

Nurses from every unit at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center hold positions on various unit-based and hospital-wide councils. These councils provide a formal mechanism for our nursing staff to impact positive and collaborative change throughout the organization. Opportunities are identified which will improve the quality of patient care, efficiency of operations and professional growth.


Nursing Departmental Councils

Nursing Executive Council ensures successful attainment of nursing strategic goals.

Clinical Services Management Council ensures the effective and efficient use of resources and systems to support nursing care, education, quality, and research.

Nursing Professional Practice Council ensures the safe, high quality delivery of nursing care.

Nursing Quality of Worklife Council ensures a healthy work environment and staff engagement.

Nursing Reward and Recognition Sub-committee seeks to recognize the value and meaningfulness of each employee to the organization's work through multiple recognition activities throughout the year at the hospital, department, and unit level.

Nursing Clinical Quality Council coordinates quality and safety activities for the Nursing Department and provides strategic direction in collaboration with other Department Councils.  This council is responsible for integrating hospital-wide quality and safety initiatives into the Department of Nursing.

Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council ensures the development, utilization, and dissemination of nursing research.

Nursing Education and Professional Development Council ensures competent staff and a continuous learning environment to increase the level of staff expertise and knowledge.

Advanced Practice Clinician Council provides a forum for all Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) and Physician Assistants (PA-Cs) to participate in decisions that affect their practice, education, research activities and the quality of their work environment.

Nursing Collaboration Council coordinates Department of Nursing council activities and communication.