Empowerment Theory in Action: The Wisdom of Collaborative Governance

Online Journal of Issues in Nursing 01/2008;
Source: DOAJ

ABSTRACT The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how active participation on a Collaborative Governance committee can promote empowerment, along with enthusiasm and confidence, while implementing the committee’s mission. This article will begin by delineating the concepts of empowerment theory and describing our institution’s Collaborative Governance structure and the structure of the Nursing Research Committee. Then the mechanisms that have fostered empowerment among committee members will be discussed, and evidence of empowerment among committee members will be presented. This article is offered to encourage more nurses to seek the rewards inherent in committee participation, and to demonstrate the link between committee work, empowerment, and professional development experienced by members of the Nursing Research Committee at our institution.

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