Unit Council & Shared Governance

A Shared Responsibility

Debi
Coronary Care Unit
Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center
"I came back to Oakwood because of the professionalism and the colleagueship among my co-workers. Here, everyone can make changes across the system, it’s good a great reputation."

Debi
Coronary Care Unit
Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center
"I came back to Oakwood because of the professionalism and the colleagueship among my co-workers. Here, everyone can make changes across the system, it’s good a great reputation."

Councils/shared governance - video


In our journey to excellence in Nursing, Oakwood follows a Shared Governance model which engages our nurses to collaborate on decisions that impact clinical care, quality improvement and nursing practice. Our model has three distinct levels, which are at the Unit Level, Site or Hospital Level and at the System Level.

Council focus and roles are as follows:

Unit Based Councils: Identify, investigate and determine solutions for clinical practice and patient care delivery issues at the unit level and within the sphere of unit influence.

Site or Hospital Based Councils: May integrate unit based council issues that have a recurring theme among several Units into actions, practice change or policy changes at the Hospital or Site Level.

System Based Councils: Have existed since 2003 and are comprised of the Education, Clinical Practice, Professional Excellence and Operations Councils. These Councils based on Hospital Council referrals address issues that have a recurring or common theme and can be standardized through practice, policy or action across the Oakwood Healthcare System. Shared leadership council reviews and approves corporate council initiatives which includes staff nurse membership.

A Higher Level of Commitment

In our ongoing effort to improve the level of care provided and improve staff satisfaction, Oakwood Healthcare System utilizes Unit Councils as a part of the nursing governance structure and the OHS Nursing Professional Practice Model. Through the Unit Council, we engage clinical nursing staff and support input and shared decision making in clinical unit operations, clinical practice, quality, safety and Unit of the Future redesign.