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Nursing Council Structure

Unit Councils

Our unit councils are the cornerstone of the shared governance structure. They are composed of nurses with a wide range of experience and talent. Each council's membership reflects the unit's mission, makes practice-related decisions for the unit and creates a professional practice environment that will attract and retain registered nurses. The unit councils may handle subjects such as unit cleanliness, change of shift hand-offs, patient satisfaction, quality/performance improvement and code of conduct.

Department Councils and Core Council

Issues and decisions that have an impact across more than one unit or affect other departments and professional disciplines are brought to the attention of one of the five department councils. Each department council is co-chaired and has an administrative advisor. These decision-making bodies include:

  • Professional Practice – Defines, promotes and supports evidence-based professional nursing practice.

  • Quality – Defines and measures nurse-sensitive performance indicators to enhance the quality and safety of patient care; facilitates outcome improvement at department and unit levels.

  • Professional Development – Fosters professional development of nurses, oversees related nursing education and designs improvement plans.

  • Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice Council – Promotes evidence-based practice and nursing research for best practice and patient care outcomes.

  • Management – Provides systematic oversight and education related to fiscal priorities, business operations and the work environment.

Core Council

This council provides leadership and coordinates the work of the individual councils to ensure that initiatives are aligned with organizational goals and represents the nursing body within the hospital administration.


Composed primarily of staff nurses, these dedicated “task forces” are created as needed to work on special projects.