Nursing Councils

The nurses on our councils are energized and engaged in nursing practice, work environment, care delivery, professional development, and our communities – in delivering patient and family centered care across the hospital and in our communities. Our councils embrace the challenges of our ever-changing health care environment and work collaboratively across all disciplines in not only moving nursing forward, but also our organization.

Nurses are integral members on interdisciplinary teams and their input is sought after from other team members - making our shared governance model, truly shared. Our councils have 200 plus nurses from around the hospital representing nursing in all areas of practice.

Clinical Nurse Advancement Program Council

The purpose of the Clinical Nurse Advancement Council is to formally recognize and reward increasing levels of clinical expertise and commitment to patient care. Members review staff applications monthly and make decisions on advancement of peers. Council members also ensure the integrity of the program and make changes to the program as appropriate.

The implementation and maintenance of the Clinical Nursing Advancement Program enhances the hospital's ability to recruit and retain professional nurses who, in turn, contribute to the achievement of quality patient outcomes.

The program is designed for Maine Medical Center Clinical Nurses who work 20 or more scheduled hours per week and who meet defined criteria for clinical advancement. The program is a house-wide peer review process that occurs following endorsement of the candidate by the Nursing Director/Nurse Manager.

Interprofessional Research & Innovation Council

The Nursing Research & Innovation Council aims to be the driving force that fosters advancement of nursing scholarship through the promotion of Evidence-Based Practice within the many levels of interdisciplinary partnerships. We collaborate with other councils to ensure evidence-based care for patients.

We encourage the use of COMET (Collaborative Model for Evidence-Based Translation) between the Research, Practice and Quality Councils to promote partnership in disseminating EBP (evidence-based practice). We educate, support, and mentor our colleagues in the research process. We maintain, support and enhance the Knowledge Bank, which raises awareness and understanding of the MMC nursing research culture. We encourage renewal of the professional spirit through curiosity, reflective thinking and passionate practice.

Clinical Ethics Committee

The Clinical Ethics Committee is an interdisciplinary, hospital-wide committee co-chaired by . One-third of the members are nurses. The committee meets monthly with an annual, all-day ethics retreat for all MaineHealth affiliated health care providers. The committee is involved in policy development, leadership in end of life care, Living Kidney Donor Advocate Program and civil liberties. The Committee is involved in the following:

Nursing Professional Excellence Council

The purpose of the Nursing Professional Excellence Council is to support the organization in sustaining a Magnet culture and enhance the shared governance model that enables the professional nursing staff to provide high quality patient and family centered care. The Council is responsible for ongoing community service, health education, peer-to-peer review and rewards and recognition within nursing. The council is also responsible for DAISY Award and PETAL Award (for nursing support staff).

Nursing Practice Council

The purpose of the Practice Council is to develop and approve policies, procedures, and standards of care that reflect evidence-based practice, regulatory standards, and federal and state law. The Practice Council acts as professional practice safety champion in monitoring practice, policies, and procedures for safe practice.

The Practice Council also supports and guides staff who are seeking implementation of innovations which enhance quality of care and the ongoing growth of professional nursing practice.

Interprofessional Quality Council

The purpose of the Interprofessional Quality Council is to identify and monitor the value of patient centered nursing care in order to achieve optimal patient outcomes and safety while maintaining patient satisfaction and keeping costs to a minimum. The Council is responsible for monitoring, and implementing best practices related to nurse- sensitive clinical indicators, patient satisfaction, and patient safety.

Nursing Informatics Advisory Council

The Nursing Informatics Advisory Council supports and guides the delivery of safe, effective and efficient patient-centered care throughout all clinical areas by:

  • Ensuring that all components of the Electronic Medical Record related to clinical practice support evidence-based/best practice model.
  • Work collaboratively with providers, clinical support services and IS to develop the best solution for all care providers using all technology systems.