Shared Leadership

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    For those involved with Shared Leadership, just wondering what your councils are doing . Looking for ideas, as my unit council is having difficulty getting off the ground and looking for some ideas.
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    Well if you share your leadership you will get to know many new ideas and concepts which is very good for your company..You will get healthy atmosphere..
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    Do you have different councils, like Best Practice, Ethics, Therapeutics, etc? If so, which are you on?
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    This s a regular old unit council.
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    We did a survey, asking what our coworkers wanted us to do for the unit. There were lots of little things like "purchase more VS carts" and "move the towel dispenser to the other wall". While we have little to do with those sort of things, we were able to submit those to the director and get some of them done.

    We revamped our staffing model, to provide a more equitable means of distributing patients. We changed to a bedside report model, which has been only marginally successful. We are involved in the preliminary stages of planning our unit remodel.

    Other unit councils in our facility have done things like plan staff retreats, research different education options specific to their staff and then either make those available within the facility or send their a few of their staff at a time to conferences or classes somewhere else (things like pain management certifications, Med/Surg or CCRN conferences, etc), developed a different call schedule or holiday work schedule for their staff members, and changed the way they do their skills lab. Hope those ideas are helpful to you.
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    We have a variety of councils which are working quite well. They usually take a good year or so to really take off and have a life of their own, so take the time to have the council or councils be successful.
    We have an education, service and satisfaction, clinical practice, professional development, quality, safety, intentional rounding and now a relationship based nursing council just getting off the ground. Once a month the 2 co-shairs come to a unit based committee and report out on what their councils are doing. As the manager, I have set forth the expectation that everyone needs to be engaged and work with a committee. NOW that said, it does not mean that everyone needs to be at a meeting...For instance through the education council, we have developed best practice nurses who are experts at something and they work throughout the year helping their peers on the rotations they work to get good at that clinical task (central line care, CAPD, accessing mediports, etc) The safety champions help to check the isolation carts outside the doors and make sure supplies are there or that the peer is using them effectively. They also do walk the deck checks to insure that we are meeting regulatory items. Professional development members are helping their peers to fill out the clinical ladder paperwork and are championing everyone working to their highest level (plus they will get paid more per hour) Last year, we put on 12 one hour sessions on leadership that were one CE each so that every nurse had the in-house opportunity to obtain the needed 6 hours of CE for their ladder completions. Because you get peers helping peers, versus the traditional parent-child relationship styles that hospitals work in we have made tremendous strides in what our unit looks like. The least falls, no reportable pressure ulcers, the best infection rates
    a waiting list of applicants for the next available job openings, improved staff and patient satisfaction. It takes a lot of work up front but getting your peers involved is the ticket. There must be things you think could be done more effectively. Right now I can honestly say my nursing staff really doesn't need me as a manager as they are doing the right things and this is what your leadership team should do as they help you move councils to fruition! Whether you work in a union or non-union environment, many contracts include councils of some sort in the work flow. The blessing is that each unit can make theirs work for themselves. Our unit is further along then some others in our hospital but each unit works at their own pace and dependent on being able to staff for patients, etc. Good luck
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    does anyone else have folks on their committees that have been on the committee forever and have answers for everything? that break out discussion groups are limited by the experience of one person who has been there a long time, but only seems to validate their own ideas versus encouraging new ones? so the whole idea of thinking out of the box... which is mentioned frequently... is snuffed out immediately?
    Last edit by SunDazed on Jun 4 : Reason: typos, content


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