Collaborative Decision Making Through Shared Governance
Collaborative Decision Making Through Shared Governance
Collaborative decision-making through shared governance is the process of making decisions while involving different staff members in an organization. The decision made is attributed to the members and not on a single individual (Swihart & Hess, 2014). Collaborative decision-making is important in helping an organization in achieving the set goals and objectives. Different members provide ideas based on their different perspectives, which is important in bringing diverse perspectives in the decision-making process (Swihart & Hess, 2014). This will lead to better decisions in providing quality healthcare services. Participation of members of an organization will also improve the communication process, which will improve the working environment as well as job satisfaction (Swihart & Hess, 2014). I had the opportunity of attending the Greater New York Health Care Facility committee meeting. This gave me the opportunity to observe the interactions between the members of the committee and how the committee members came into an agreement on certain decisions.
The Function of the Committee and the Roles of Those in Attendance
All committee members had a role during the meeting. The setting of the meeting involved members facing each other around a table to discuss important matters facing the healthcare facility, which cannot be decided by a single individual effectively (Dewing, McCormack, & Titchen, 2014). This involves addressing any arising issues in different departments, which are represented at the meeting, and other important issues, which include improving the healthcare facility’s environment. This is important in the provision of healthcare services as it creates a perception about the organization (Dewing, McCormack, ; Titchen, 2014). Among the committee members is the secretary who is responsible for reminding the members about the last meeting, what happened during the meeting, and any recommendations made (Dewing, McCormack, ; Titchen, 2014).
The secretary is also tasked with determining the present members and the issues to be discussed. There is the meeting coordinator who is responsible for ensuring order during the meeting and observation of the meeting schedule (Dewing, McCormack, ; Titchen, 2014). The meeting coordinator was also responsible for ensuring that the meeting went on as planned and everyone gave out his/her opinion regarding the matter. He was also responsible in the recommendation process which involved members voting against stated opinions and coming up with the opinion with the largest number of supporters (Swihart ; Hess, 2014).
Before a decision is made, all members should give their opinion related to a particular decision or recommendation and this process is important since some recommendations were later changed based on the opinion of a certain member (Swihart ; Hess, 2014). Other members present were department representatives who also participated in the decision-making process by giving their opinions. The participants of the meeting were motivated and happy to participate in the meeting and there were snacks at the end of the meeting where members engaged with each other and discussed further the suggested ideas (Swihart ; Hess, 2014).
Describe Your Observations of the Interactions between Members of the Committee and Determine Whether the Process Used To Arrive At Decisions Is A Form of Shared Governance
The process is a form of shared governance since every member present was allowed to participate and his or her opinions debated upon. The decisions and recommendations made were not based on a single individual rather on the opinions given at the meeting (Donahue ; Zeckhauser, 2012). The members present would bear the consequences of any decision made since it was a collaborative decision-making process. Members were not coerced to make and accept decisions but the decisions made were because of the opinions given during the meeting (Donahue ; Zeckhauser, 2012). During the meeting, I realized that each member was responsible for efficiently running the healthcare facility and every staff member’s efforts are responsible for the outcome of the results. Everyone involved in the operation of the healthcare including government representatives, the managers, and the nurses all participate in meetings related to the healthcare facility (Donahue & Zeckhauser, 2012).
This approach also known as a collaborative approach is effective in ensuring that all stakeholders in an organization participate in the decision-making process. This allows each member to air his/her ideas, which are important in making the best-informed decisions as healthcare decisions must be carefully made (Donahue & Zeckhauser, 2012). This is because healthcare service delivery is a sensitive sector, which has an influence on the health as well as the life of the American citizens. Since the issues presented faced different departments, shared governance was the best process to address these issues since the nurses had a better understanding on what factors are the best to be implemented based on their experience (Donahue & Zeckhauser, 2012).
Dewing, J., McCormack, B., & Titchen, A. (2014). Practice development workbook for nursing, health, and social care teams. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Donahue, J. D., & Zeckhauser, R. (2012). Collaborative governance: Private roles for public goals in turbulent times. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.
Swihart, D., & Hess, R. G. (2014). Shared governance: A practical approach to transforming interprofessional healthcare. Danvers, MA: HCPro.