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Unit-Based Practice Councils are the foundation for Shared Decision-Making in the Nursing Department. Their purpose is to provide a structure for decision making at the unit level and an opportunity for participation in division-wide activities. Unit-Based Practice Councils are critical for planning, improving and maintaining quality patient care throughout the Department of Nursing.

Coordinating Council

Members include Council Chairs, the Vice President of Nursing, and the Director of Magnet/Quality.

  • Strategic plan and vision
  • Collaborative interdisciplinary partnerships
  • Coordination between councils
  • Communication
  • Education

Coordinating Council Committee

  • Anne Jadwin, RN, MSN, AOCN, NE-BC - Chair
  • Courtney Kozlecki, RN, BSN - Professional Development Council
  • Chris Andrea, RN, BSN, CNOR - Leadership Council
  • Margaret Bernesky, BSN, OCN - Practice Council
  • Marie Festa, RN, OCN - Performance Improvement Council
  • Katherine Derrico, RN, BSN, OCN - Evidence-Based Practice Council.

Professional Development Council

Members include Unit-Based Representatives and Advanced Practice Nurses

  • Mandatory Education
  • Orientation
  • Communication
  • Ongoing Educational Programs
  • Student Placement
  • Unit-Based Education
  • Nursing Grand Rounds

Leadership Council

Members include Clinical Managers and Directors, two Staff Nurse Representative and Financial Analyst.

  • Human Resources and Recruitment
  • Fiscal Resources
  • Materials Resources
  • Support Activities
  • Leadership Innovation
  • Regulatory Compliance

Practice Council

Members include Unit-Based Representatives and Advanced Practice Nurses.

  • Standards of Practice
  • Nursing Care Delivery System
  • Nursing representatives to hospital-wide committees
  • Criteria for unit-based Decision-Making committees
  • Clinical Documentation System
  • Credentialing and Privileging

Performance Improvement Council

Members include Unit-Based Representatives and Advanced Practice Nurses.

  • Quality Improvement Program
  • Quality Improvement Priorities
  • Outcomes Research
  • Unit-Based Quality Improvement Activities
  • Peer Review Process
  • JC Survey Preparation

Evidence-Based Council

Members include Unit-Based Representatives and Advanced Practice Nurses.

  • Research Utilization
  • Research Priorities
  • Research Activities
  • Staff Education
  • Publish Findings
  • Integration of Research into Practice
  • Research Support to Other Councils
  • Project mentorship

[7/22/2013]