Nursing Teams

Sustaining a shared governance organization

Learn about the tools and mechanisms that foster an autonomous nursing staff.

On the CUSP: How to implement a comprehensive unit-based safety program

This five-step program empowers staff to change unit culture and improve patient safety.

Building a strong shared governance foundation

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery This...

What works: Facilitating staff participation in nursing research

Learn how an acute care hospital and a school of nursing partnered to encourage staff nurses to participate in research.

Building collaboration between CNOs and direct-care nurses

Collaboration hinges on mutual trust and respect. To nurture these attributes, the chief nursing officer must appreciate others’ contributions, use the skillsets of nurses at different knowledge levels, and involve staff in shared governance.
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From our readers…What bedside nurses can teach nursing leaders

Five years ago, while working in leadership I had a pivotal conversation with my superior regarding the need to "stop thinking like a bedside nurse". My instincts told me this was wrong as I...

Viewpoint: Interprofessional collaboration and the future of health care

Transitional care expert Mary Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN, discusses interprofessional collaboration.
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From our readers…Strengthening nursing networks

Have you ever wondered what happened to the student who studied with you for that beginning med-surg test or the instructor who helped you understand pediatrics? They may be wondering where you are too....
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Motivational interviewing: A collaborative path to change

Michael had diabetes and a history of elevated blood glucose levels. A long-time drinker, he seemed to have no interest in giving up the habit. I met him while working as a diabetes nurse...

From our readers…Mentoring the community: Sharing secrets with rival hospitals

If you are involved in a project or program that is truly awesome, why not share it with other nursing units or even neighboring hospitals? Nurses in our busy 18-bed burn/pediatric ICU sought to...

How to motivate your staff

Use these tips to help your team succeed.

The rewards of extern-preceptor relationships

An extern program can benefit nursing students and preceptors.

Collaboration brings an innovative approach to nursing education

Working with local hospitals, a Texas consortium of nursing schools developed learning modules to improve new nurse graduates’ preparation for practice.