Professional governance is a structure that empowers professional direct-care nurses to contribute collaboratively as decision makers regarding the nursing practice environment. This includes standards of practice, policies and procedures, resource utilization and stewardship, evidence-based practice and research, and quality and performance improvement. The system-wide councils all exist to support the Unit-Based Practice Councils. The purpose of the system-wide governance councils is to coordinate the activities to outcomes in the areas of nursing, evidence-based practice and research, education, relationship-based care, nursing excellence, technology, and nursing quality.
Clinical Practice Council
The Clinical Practice Council implements and maintains standards of clinical nursing practice and patient care consistent with evidence‐based practice and requirements of regulatory agencies.
Quality and Safety Council
The Quality and Safety Council monitors the appropriateness and effectiveness of the care provided by the nursing staff while assessing and ensuring compliance with established standards of care and practice.
Professional Development Council
The Professional Development Council defines, implements, evaluates and maintains educational standards that promote professional growth, development and ongoing clinical competency for clinical nurses and identifies strategies to promote retention of the professional nurse.
The Research Council assists nurses with the implementation of evidence based practice as well as mentoring staff to understand, evaluate, and conduct nursing research.
The Governing Council provides leadership and direction to all Nursing Councils. It serves as a clearinghouse for issues being presented and disseminates them to the appropriate Council for action. In addition, the Governance Council provides final approval for all Nursing Council recommendations.