The Professional Nursing Staff organization at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago hosted an educational symposium and gala dinner Nov. 12 to celebrate 25 years of shared governance.
Through speakers and activity sessions, the “Celebrating Our Voice” symposium traced the journey of shared governance from its inception to the present and into the future. Within the shared governance model, nurses have a way to communicate concerns and work toward solutions that benefit everyone.Cathy Catrambone, RN; Kay Andreoli, RN; Marcia Murphy, RN; and Sandy McFolling, RN, celebrate Rush’s 25 years of shared governance.
Keynote presentations were given by Jane Llewellyn, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer at Rush, and Melanie Dreher, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the college of nursing at Rush. Afternoon breakout discussions included topics such as the foundations of shared governance, growing a shared governance organization, and accountability for practice.
As a special surprise, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley named Nov. 12, 2008, Rush University Medical Center Professional Nursing Staff Day. In a letter of proclamation, Daley said he “encouraged all Chicagoans to recognize and show their appreciation for Chicago’s Professional Nurses and the shared governance organization that supports them.”