Research studies have shown that higher levels of nursing staff engagement are correlated with improved outcomes for patients, the facility, and nurses themselves. Additional studies have demonstrated positive relationships between staff involvement in decision making at their work place and nursing engagement. Because these factors are well-known by many nursing leaders, they often make attempts to obtain nurses' input in decisions either informally or through formal structures. However, too often these efforts do not yield the anticipated results because critical factors are missing. This session will focus on ways nursing leaders can successfully obtain staff input which lead to positive outcomes.
• Review the relationships between shared decision making, nurse engagement, and outcomes
• Identify factors necessary for staff input into decisions to have positive results
• Learn practical examples of how staff input has been used to successfully influence organizational decisions