How Unit Practice Councils Benefit the Hospital and Clinical Staff
Smaller hospitals may use overall nursing councils, but unit-based shared governance councils are a newer concept. Also known as unit practice councils, or UPCs, these formal groups representing each nursing unit are designed to involve frontline clinical staff in decision making. UPCs uphold the belief that no one understands staff and patient-care challenges better than the staff members themselves; hence, no one is better positioned to offer solutions.
At the organizational level, the benefits of UPCs include:Increased employee engagement and satisfaction Improved patient care and satisfaction Increased efficiency through...