Nursing Clinical Governance at Lurie Children's is an organizational structure created to enhance communication, improve patient outcomes and care and increase productivity and accountability. It provides clinical nurses with a voice and decision making power regarding their profession, it provides nurses with the opportunity for professional development and empowerment and gives nurses control and accountability over their professional practice.
At Lurie Children's, the purpose of the Nursing Professional Governance structure is to provide a coordinated decision-making process to plan, coordinate and direct the professional work of nursing. All professional nurses employed are the medical center are governed through this structure. Members of the clinical governance structure are comprised of staff nurses, clinical educators, Advanced Practice Nurses and members of leadership. The key to success of this model is staff representation and participation, any nurse at Lurie Children's has the opportunity to participate and shape nursing practice.