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ABOUT THE FORUM FOR SHARED GOVERNANCE

The Forum for Shared Governance established in the year 2005, identifies, promotes, and disseminates evidence-based information about shared governance within a professional governance continuum and organizational innovations that empower nurses and other healthcare professionals.

The Forum for Shared Governance is currently the ONLY agency that accredits organizations in shared governance. Send an email to info@sharedgovernance.org

FOUNDER OF THE FORUM FOR SHARED GOVERNANCE

Dr. Robert Hess, forum for Shared Governance
Dr. Robert Hess

The Forum for Shared Governance was founded by Robert Hess, who is an educator, editor, author, and consultant. His formal education includes a degree in comparative religion from Temple University, a nursing diploma from Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia, a master’s degree in nursing administration from Seton Hall University, and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where he studied organizational theory at the Wharton School.

His work focuses on creating the only current valid and trustworthy tools for evaluating professional governance and the efficiency of shared governance councils in healthcare organizations.

Professional governance is NOT a new idea, despite some recent assertions to the contrary. The term was first used widely in 1992 by Dr. Robert Hess to describe a multidimensional organizational feature that comprises the systems and procedures used by professionals to coordinate and lead one another’s activities toward common goals. Professional governance, which is NOT the same as shared governance, includes all three types of governance: conventional, shared, and self.

Researchers, consultants, and administrators have used these tools both domestically and abroad to evaluate and assess shared governance programs and to work toward Magnet status in several hundred hospitals and healthcare systems. About 12 different languages have translations of these instruments. To serve the needs of staff nurses, administrators, and researchers involved in the implementation and assessment of shared governance models.

Dr. Hess has received numerous honors from Seton Hall University, the New Jersey State Nurses Association, and the prestigious NJ Governor’s Merit for Excellence Award as educator of the year in the past. He has also been a renowned lecturer and author for Sigma Theta Tau, International, the nursing honor society. For his work on shared governance, he was admitted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in November 2008.

HOW TO GET ACCREDITED BY THE FORUM FOR SHARED GOVERNANCE

The Forum is of the opinion that innovations can improve patient, professional, and organizational results by enabling front-line staff, managers, and patients to jointly share control and influence over practice and the resources that support it in healthcare organizations. The Forum also holds the view that in order to successfully engage in the administration of these organizations, workers and management require continuing assistance and training.

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To be included in Shared Governance Hospitals Online for 2022, get in touch with the Forum. A shared governance model or comparable organizational innovation must be mentioned on an eligible hospital’s public website, and that person’s email address must be provided for networking purposes. Organizations are accredited by the Forum for shared governance as well. Check to see whether your institution qualifies.
Contact the Forum to be listed with Shared Governance Hospitals Online.

USEFUL LINKS FOR THE FORUM FOR SHARED GOVERNANCE

IPNG/IPG and Council health files
Measurement and Accreditation
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