Unit Council: Sharing Leadership at the Unit Level
The Unit Council’s role is to:
opportunities for improvement and create and promote the delivery of quality
nursing care and patient education.
opportunities to create and promote staff satisfaction and productivity and to
assist in finding ways to attract and retain talented
- Act as
representative, consulting/advisory group for the work unit.
- Serve as the unit’s
ambassadors, planning group and communication link to all staff.
Unit council goals
are based on hospital and nursing annual strategic goals with particular
emphasis on unit satisfaction, patient satisfaction, clinical practice and
The unit council is
chaired by a staff nurse, and members are committed to working collaboratively
with fellow staff and managers to identify and promote improvement initiatives.
For the unit council
to be successful, it is essential for the staff to buy in to the shared
governance philosophy while being open to the manager’s coaching and
mentorship. The nurse manager plays a
key role in the development of a successful unit council.
Voting will take
place for all formal decision making; majority rules with a quorum of 2/3 of
voting members. Management advisors to the council are not voting
Unit council members
must agree upon ownership, partnership, equity and accountability. Working
together, they strive for a healthy work environment that includes:
- Accountability for
quality care on the unit.
- Support for learning
- Honoring each
- Connecting people
through purpose and meaning.
- Forming partnerships
with colleagues to do the work.
- Openness to
understanding other points of view.