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Cultivating Quality: Shared Governance Supports Evidence-Based Practice

Waddell, Ashley W. G. MS, RN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: November 2009 - Volume 109 - Issue 11 - pp 53-57
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000363355.61507.27
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Overview: Blending a shared governance model with the concept of evidence-based practice (EBP) creates a dynamic situation for both nurses and hospitals: staff nurses are directly involved in improving the care they provide while growing in their practice and becoming more invested in their institution. Shared governance enables staff nurses to assume leadership roles in identifying areas for change and driving the change through an EBP process, while nursing leaders provide the tools and maintain an environment that will allow such a process to take place.

An evidence-based practice committee at Children's Hospital Boston describes the committee's formation and progress in its first four years.

Ashley W. G. Waddell is a staff nurse level III at Children's Hospital Boston.

Contact author: ashley.waddell@childrens.harvard.edu.

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