1st Annual Nurses Leading the Way Conference: Session 1 - Transforming Nursing Shared Governance to Nursing Professional Governance Recorded Event

The basic principles and structures of shared governance were defined in the early 1980s. Since that time, shared governance has become the predominant structural model for organizations that guide the professional practice of nursing. As the profession has matured, subsequent models of professional practice and the Magnet Recognition Program have validated its viability for advancing nursing practice and patient care. As a result, nursing ‘shared’ governance has matured into nursing ‘professional ‘ governance. The content of this session will explore what is different in nursing professional governance and how it has changed over the past decade. Explored will be five key principles which demonstrate higher levels of expectation for decision-making and practice that now redefines the professional character of the role of every nurse and inform its impact on practice, especially at the unit level.

Target Audience

Registered nurses and other health care professionals from UCHealth, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and University of Colorado College of Nursing.

Learning Objectives

Differentiate the characteristics of nursing shared governance from nursing professional governance and its relevance to nurses.

Identify specific principles impacting unit level nursing decisions and practice in a way that facilitates accountability and patient’s expectations for excellent nursing care.

Learner Outcome

After attending this event, nurses will self-report increased knowledge about nursing professional governance and its impact on the role of nursing and nursing practice.  

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Attendance
  • 1.50 NCPD
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Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO
United States

Dr. Tim Porter O'Grady

Dr. Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS, has repeatedly contributed creative and innovative models of thinking and practicing in an ever-evolving health care system. For 25 years he has written and published books that “push the walls” of our thinking regarding healthcare leadership, governance and systems change.


Children’s Hospital Colorado is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity for 1.5 nursing contact hour(s) is provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado. 


A certificate of attendance will be provided upon completion of this course. 

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Attendance
  • 1.50 NCPD


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Required Hardware/software

This is a recorded lecture. You will need access to the internet and speakers or a headset to participate.