Dynamic Leadership for Shared Governance


Strong leadership is core to successful shared governance. Effective leaders use the structure of shared governance to build a culture of excellence, where nurses have accountability and responsibility for nursing care. This workshop brings together individuals and teams with leadership roles in shared governance-from the chair of a unit council to the CNO of the organization--to focus on developing leadership skills and behaviors specific to leading in a shared governance environment. Groups from the same organization will benefit from this interactive workshop to discover together what effective leadership involves and the impact it can have. Topics covered will include leadership characteristics and behaviors for effective shared decision making, vision setting, outcomes development, ensuring success and sustainability of a shared governance model, and critical skills to effectively build a team and run meetings.


Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of AONE leadership competencies as they relate to shared governance leadership
  2. Describe how shared governance contributes to cultural and service excellence
  3. Discuss guiding concepts for successful shared governance structures
  4. Describe skills and tools at each level of leadership needed for successful shared governance implementation and sustainability
  5. Discuss strategies for maximizing accountability and decision-making
  6. Identify leadership models for special shared governance applications/structures such as ambulatory settings, system models and union environments

Continuing Education Contact Hours

This workshop is approved for 9 continuing nursing education contact hours.

The American Organization of Nurse Executives is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Tim Porter-O'GradyTim Porter-O'Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS (GCNS-BC, NEA-BC, CWCN, CFCN)
Dr. Tim Porter-O’Grady has been involved in health care for 43 years. He is noted for his work on shared governance models, clinical leadership, conflict, innovation, complex systems, and health futures. Tim is currently senior partner of an international healthcare consulting firm in Atlanta specializing in health futures, organizational innovation, conflict and change, as well as complex health service delivery models. Tim has published extensively in health care with over 175 professional journal articles and 22 books, including his seminal work Shared Governance for Nursing: A Creative Approach to Professional Accountability, and is an 8-time winner of the AJN Healthcare Book of the Year Award. He has consulted internationally with over 600 institutions and has lectured in over 1200 settings internationally. Among a number of honors, Tim has been recognized by American Organization of Nurse Executives with their Lifetime Achievement Award and by the American Nurses Association with the Luther Christman Award.

Rachel StartRachel Start, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Rachel Start is a Magnet Program Director at Rush Oak Park Hospital, where she helped establish a shared governance model. She is a past president of the Professional Nursing Staff at Rush University Medical Center and is on the board of the Forum for Shared Governance. She has been a mentor to nurses in leadership positions in shared governance. Rachel has presented on topics of shared governance, structural empowerment, professional practice models, structural empowerment in ambulatory nursing practice, and adopting healthy work environment principles.

Marjorie MaurerMarjorie Maurer, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Marjorie Maurer began her career in health care over 40-years ago in psychiatric nursing and foundation continues to inform her approach in her leadership roles today.
Marj currently serves as VP Operations/CNE at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital located in Downers Grove, Illinois. Under her leadership, Good Samaritan attained the ANCCs Magnet Designation in 2009 and 2014. Marj was instrumental with the organization's obtainment of the Gold Level Illinois Excellence Award and prestigious National Malcolm Baldrige Organizational Quality Award in 2010. Marj is board certified in Advanced Nursing Administration and has earned post graduate training in leadership coaching and project management.
Marj has presented on a variety of topics including Transformational leadership and Building a High Performing Professional Nursing Staff through Shared Governance. She also serves on several boards including the Illinois Organization for Nurse Leaders where she is Past President 2010 and currently serves on the Illinois State Board of Nursing.


Cancellations made two weeks prior to the program start date, will receive a full refund minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations receieved within two weeks of the program start date. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Kelsey Irish at kirish@aha.org.
Registrants unable to attend may send an alternate. If the alternate is not a member of AONE and the original registrant is a member, the nonmember differential must be paid.

AONE cannot be held liable for nonrefundable airline tickets or hotel room deposits.


AONE has reserved a special nightly rate at each hotel. Reservation information will be sent with your registration confirmation.

Special Assistance

AONE complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and strives to ensure that no individual with a disability is deprived of the opportunity to participate in this program solely by reason of that disability. Through its agents, AONE will provide reasonable accommodations for a candidate with a disability who requests accommodations. Requests can be made by sending a written request 21 days in advance of the workshop to Kelsey Irish at kirish@aha.org.


Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
901 Camino Del Rio S
San Diego, Calif. 92108

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis,
One South Capital Ave,
Indianapolis, Ind. 46204