Magnet® Matters: Councils provide forum for nurses to make decisions about clinical practice, quality, and more

Thursday, July 11, 2019

This is the fifth in a series of articles to educate faculty and staff about what it means to be a Magnet® hospital. WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals has been named a Magnet® hospital three times. It became the first and only West Virginia hospital to achieve such recognition in 2005, and was re-designated in 2009 and 2015. The hospital, which remains the state's only Magnet® hospital, is up for re-designation this year. Contact Magnet® Program Director Lya M. Stroupe with questions.

Nursing Shared Governance is a model in which nurses are members of councils that make decisions about clinical practice and quality improvement, professional development, and research.

There are seven councils at WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals:

Nursing Quality and Patient Safety Council

  • Identifies measures for improving quality and patient outcomes
  • Evaluates new equipment
  • Assesses patient satisfaction

Recruitment and Retention Council

  • Implements strategies to promote retention of nursing staff
  • Creates annual inpatient recruitment plan

Nursing Education Council

  • Reviews issues related to nursing competencies
  • Assesses house-wide and cross-divisional educational needs and strategies
  • Develops educational policies and procedures

Nursing Policy, Procedure, and Standards of Professional Practice Council

  • Reviews current and new nursing policies, procedures and standards of care
  • Reviews/houses up-to-date materials for nursing policies and procedures

Research and Evidence-based Practice Council

  • Reviews research and evidence-based practice project ideas
  • Assesses issues related to nursing research or evidence-based practice

Interprofessional Enterprise User Council

  • Assesses and prioritizes requests and revisions for patient education for the system
  • Assesses and prioritizes requests for changes to the electronic medical record for the system

Nursing Practice Council

  • Reviews nursing practice issues and solutions
  • Reviews issues related to strategic plan
  • Recommends new practices or changes to current nursing practices

Other articles in the Magnet® Matters series:

What is a Quality Care Model?

What is a Professional Practice Model?

What is the Magnet® Model?

What is a Magnet® hospital?