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  1. Speroni, Karen Gabel PhD, MHSA, BSN, RN
  2. Budhathoki, Chakra PhD
  3. Walters, Cynthia DNP, RN, NE-BC
  4. Dutton, Suzanne DNP, GNP-BC, RN
  5. Mackay, Periwinkle MSN, RN, CCRN
  6. Oguariri, Raphael M. PhD, MSN, RN


OBJECTIVE: Researchers examined professional nursing governance perception differences by RN type (clinical, manager, and other RNs), and nurse-related outcome associations.


BACKGROUND: Shared governance is associated with improved nurse-related outcomes. Understanding differences in RN types regarding shared governance perceptions is important and not well studied.


METHODS: Mean Index of Professional Nursing Governance (IPNG) scores from 3 hospitals' 502 RNs were used to evaluate associations by RN type and unit-based nurse-related outcomes. Descriptive and inferential statistical methods were used.


RESULTS: Shared governance was the predominant finding (overall score and 4 of 6 subscale scores) with no significant differences by RN type. Traditional governance was scored for 1 subscale (control over personnel), which was not significant. There were no significant differences in the IPNG score associations with outcomes data by RN type.


CONCLUSIONS: Clinical nurses, managers, and other RN types perceived their governance as shared, without significant difference in the nurses' perceptions based on role.