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Nursing Shared Governance

The Professional Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO) has been the means of nursing shared governance at UVA Health System since 1988.  The Chief Nursing Officer, responsible for the nursing practice of all areas of the Health System and  an active participant in the PNSO's shared governance groups, expects each RN to participate in local or central PNSO activities annually, and supports the roles of the PNSO President and President-elect as 50% central positions in PNSO activities while retaining 50% of their time in their local clinical roles. The participation of direct-care nurses in institutional planning and decision-making is achieved through this empowering infrastructure.


For more on the below, see the Detailed Shared Governance Toolkit for PNSO Local & Central Committees.

Some Central Committees address the specialized perspectives of certain nursing roles, such as

  • APN Committee alternates monthly shared governance meetings for Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Night Shift Committee provides shared governance and educational opportunities for any night shift nurse
  • Management Committee provides shared governance for nurses in management roles (with clinical nurse representatives as well), and reviews implementation proposals for large-scale initiatives impacting nursing.


Our Local Unit-Based PNSO Committees address unit & clinic-level practice, quality, research and professional development issues (email PNSO@virginia.edu to update listings).


Contact the PNSO Office if you're interested in joining a central committee or learning more about shared governance - and work with your manager to participate in one of your local PNSO committees!

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