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Facilitating the development of a shared purpose in a university department: the first stage towards developing a culture of shared governance

McGowan, Brian, Goode, Deborah and McGowan, Brian (2016) Facilitating the development of a shared purpose in a university department: the first stage towards developing a culture of shared governance. International Practice Development Journal, 6 (2). [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.fons.org/library/journal/volume6-issue2/article8

DOI: 10.19043/ipdj.62.008

Abstract

Background and contextThe structure of higher education departments tend to be hierarchical and we were no exception. However, changes in the way nursing education was provided, internal growth and development followed by a period of austerity, presented our school with an unprecedented opportunity. We found ourselves in a position where we had an opportunity to change. AimsThe aim of the paper is to share our reflections on the process and outcomes from a culture change project in a university department so far. The purpose of this part of the project was to enable creative and collegial opportunities to work together. Conclusions An inclusive culture can make a difference to peoples’ lives and reflect the underpinning principles of person centred practice. This project has enabled us to define our shared purpose, clarify our values, make commitments and set standards. Overall, though it has allowed us to see each other as people emerged from behind a faceless organisational structure.Implications for practice The values of Inclusiveness, Integrity and Professionalism are important for a shared understanding and effective collaborative functioning within university departmentsStaff teams can be structured around professional and personal development needsManagerial support, staff participation and an experienced facilitator is vital for successful cultural change. Despite being UK based, we believe these experiences to be transferable across jurisdictions and of interest to international readers.Six Keywords/PhrasesCulture change, nursing, higher education, shared decision-making, values, shared governance.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Culture change, nursing, higher education, shared decision-making, values, shared governance.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Person-centred Practice Research Centre
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:36287
Deposited By: Mr Brian McGowan
Deposited On:22 Nov 2016 14:52
Last Modified:02 Mar 2017 11:41

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