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  1. Hancock, Beverly DNP, RN, NPD-BC
  2. Catrambone, Cathy PhD, RN, FAAN
  3. Mayer, Karen M. PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
  4. Hoskins, Jackie L. BSN, RN, CCRN
  5. Chierici, Colleen BSN, RN
  6. Start, Rachel E. MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN


Dynamic nursing leadership and engagement of nursing at all levels are critical to effective care delivery. During the COVID-19 crisis, many organizations suspended non-COVID-related meetings, including professional governance councils where practice decisions are made. This article highlights how shared or professional governance was leveraged during this global pandemic at a large academic medical center and community hospital effectively sustaining autonomous nursing practice while responding to a rapidly changing environment and impacting quality patient care.