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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-51

Assessment of professional nursing governance on nurses in a multi-cultural setting in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

1 Continuous Education and Professional Development, Ministry of Defense - Health Services, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Executive Administration of Nursing Affairs, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Diana Selvamony Lalithabai
King Fahad Medical City, P. O. Box 59046, Riyadh 11525
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/KKUJHS.KKUJHS_17_22

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Background: Health-care institutions constantly strive to enhance the care environment and promote staff satisfaction. Engaging nurses through shared governance helps achieve these institutional goals. Aim: This Saudi study aimed to assess the current status of professional nursing governance on nurses at King Fahad Medical City, Saudi Arabia. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 247 nurse participants chosen by the convenience sampling technique. Data were collected using the Index of Professional Nursing Governance tool. Results: Staff nurses practiced the first level of shared governance with a mean score of 196.9 ± 49.7, showing they had primary decision-making responsibilities. The dimension with the lowest score was 'goal-setting and conflict resolution' (19.6 ± 6.12). Years of nursing experience was a statistically significant (P = 0.002) factor in governance. Conclusion: Nurse participants practiced shared governance in their given setting. However, their below-par score for “goal-setting and conflict resolution” underscores the need for professional development.

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