1st Annual Nurses Leading the Way Conference: Session 2 - Leaders as Partners: Nursing Professional Governance in Action

May 11, 2021

Leadership in nursing professional governance operates in a significantly different manner than in traditional hierarchical organizational systems. True professionals operate within the context of a practice community that is unique to the accountability of the profession and the social expectations for its practitioners. Professionals in practice have ownership over their practice. This implies authority for making decisions related to that practice that operates in partnership with the management authority extended by the organization/institution. This session explores the notion of partnership-based leadership and the mechanisms of leadership expression that are implied in it. Scenarios and exemplars which clarify this shared decision-making and staff ownership will be used to demonstrate how this partnership operates. Principles of the leadership of the profession will be identified and explored.

Target Audience

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

Learning Objectives

Clarify the role of manager as partner in nursing professional governance and the content and characteristics of the manager role.

Distinguish manager accountabilities and the professional’s accountabilities, the locus of control for ownership of those decisions and a demonstration of partner-based leadership as it operates within nursing professional governance structures.

Learner Outcome

Upon completion of this event, nurses will report increased knowledge about partner-based leadership and role expectations in nursing professional governance. 



Additional Information

Course Contact: 
Research, Innovation & Professional Practice: nursingresearch@childrenscolorado.org
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Attendance
  • 1.50 NCPD
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/11/2021 - 1:00pm MDT
Event ends: 
05/11/2021 - 2:30pm MDT

Click the links below to join us for additional sessions! 
*Please note you must register for each session in order to receive the Zoom links and information on how to log your attendance!

Session 1:  
Transforming Nursing Shared Governance to Nursing Professional Governance
9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Session 3:  
Practical Applications of Nursing Professional Governance in Crisis: Exemplars from the COVID-19 Pandemic
4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Children's Hospital Colorado
United States

This course will be held virtually via Zoom. Zoom links will be provided prior to the event.

Dr. 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. 

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Attendance
  • 1.50 NCPD


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