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Experiences Implementing or Applying Nursing Theory into Practice
Before I go into my discussion, I am proud to share with you all that I work in a Magnet Recognized Hospital (Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL). We received magnet recognition in nursing excellence by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The main idea is to improve patient quality of care, improve staff and patient satisfaction, and patient safety.
Magnet recognition is given to hospitals that have great nurse work conditions and provide better patient care with a primary focus on patient satisfaction, clinical staff satisfaction, and improved patient outcomes. Studies have shown that magnet recognized hospitals have higher performance rates in terms of nurse outcomes (increased job satisfaction, lower turnover rates), patient outcomes (low mortality rates, improved safety), and performance and quality measurements (buying on the basis of value) (Lasater et al., 2019).
For this discussion, I will be choosing the implementation of â€˜Nursing Shared Governanceâ€™ as the theoretical model at my hospital which is a magnet-designated facility.
Shared governance is a management technique in which staff nurses and nurse leaders collaborate to improve nursing practice. The core concept of shared governance is that authority and decision-making should be exercised in the appropriate places. The decision-making process is assigned to allow staff nurses to have more control over their work. Strategic plans shared governance rules, and budgets are all developed cooperatively by staff and executives (Kanninen et al., 2019).
The main focus and goal for creating a shared governance committee are to understand, maintain or improve nursing work environments thereby increasing their job satisfaction. My unit has a Shared Governance Committee and I am a member of this committee. We have monthly meetings where we discuss what activities or measures need to be started, continued, or stopped. We focus mainly on patient and staff safety factors. Nurses come up with ideas that can be implemented to measure quality, improve the working environment, prevent patient complications, improve patient safety, effective conflict management, and â€˜zero harmâ€™ to the patients in our hospital. All the decisions made during the meeting are communicated via email from the Unit Manager. The Shared Governance committee involves nurses in the decision-making process. The Shared Governance committee is very important in improving staff satisfaction, patient outcomes, and has led to numerous positive changes and outcomes in my unit.
Kanninen, T. H., HÃ¤ggman-Laitila, A., Tervo-Heikkinen, T., & Kvist, T. (2019). Nursing shared governance at hospitals – it’s Finnish future?. Leadership in health services (Bradford, England), 32(4), 558â€“568. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-10-2018-0051
Lasater, K. B., Richards, M. R., Dandapani, N. B., Burns, L. R., & McHugh, M. D. (2019). Magnet hospital recognition in hospital systems over time. Health care management review, 44(1), 19â€“29. https://doi.org/10.1097/HMR.0000000000000167