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Shared Decision-Making is a process that places the authority, responsibility and accountability for patient care with the practicing clinician. A collaborative management structure balances power equally between management and staff on issues related to the professional practice of nursing. We have established a councilor model of shared decision-making as described in the work of Porter-O'Grady (Porter-O'Grady, 1992). Five councils: Nursing Professional Development, Practice, Performance Improvement, Leadership and Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Council provide a structure to involve staff nurses in the widest possible range of activities related to clinical practice. The five councils are established based on the functional areas of professional practice. A coordinating council, made up of the chairs of the five councils and the V.P of Nursing, oversees the activities of each council. Communication between councils and integration of activities is the primary focus of the coordinating council. We believe that when the talents of the professional nurse are integrated with those of administrative professionals, we create a stronger dimension of nursing.

Shared Decision-Making Mission

Shared Decision-Making is an integrated structure and collaborative process of the Nursing Department using our clinical and leadership experts to achieve our mission for patient care.