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New Sigma book provides a solutions-based approach to driving successful change initiatives in healthcare


The FLIGHT Model is a framework to achieve professional governance in healthcare and clinical settings



Early praise for Rethinking Your Unit Council Structure:

“This book serves as a concise, applicable guide to good council decision-making and successful processes associated with effective unit council work. I strongly recommend it as the handbook for all council members and professional governance leaders.”

Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, APRN, FAAN, FACCWS
Senior Partner, Health Systems, TPOG Associates, Inc.
Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, Emory University
Board Chair, American Nurses Foundation
Board Certified Clinical Wound Specialist

“The FLIGHT Model shatters the glass! Finally, a fresh and innovative approach
that flips conventional unit-based governance on its head.”


Celia Guarino, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Holy Cross Health and Holy Cross Hospital


(INDIANAPOLIS) — Rapid change is constant in the healthcare industry, leaving hospitals—and the units within—to react and adapt. In many settings, the governance structure that is in place fails to address the challenges of modern healthcare systems, leading to roadblocks and resistance in embracing change. The result is frustration among nurses and providers that ultimately can impact patient care, health costs, and progress.

Sigma’s new nursing book, Rethinking Your Unit Council Structure: An Innovative Approach to Shared Governance in Healthcare, introduces the FLIGHT Model—Fostering Leadership, Innovation, and Growth through Healthcare Teams. It incorporates an approach that is professionally designed, outcome-focused, interprofessional, and acts as a framework within which a team can achieve the ideals of professional governance.

“The FLIGHT Model empowers the entire interprofessional team to develop and implement change to improve patient care, influence professional development, and promote collaboration among the care team,” said Browder. “Projects developed within the FLIGHT Model connect and unite team members toward achieving overarching organizational goals, and unifying leadership and clinical employees toward a unified destination.”

This book is available at SigmaMarketplace.org/sigmabooks.

Rethinking Your Unit Council Structure: An Innovative Approach to Shared Governance in Healthcare
By Beth Browder, MHSA, BSN, RN-BC, NE-BC; Gilbert Fuentes, MSN, RN, CMSRN, ONC; Roxanne Holm, MSN, RN-BC; Deborah Macy, BSN, RN-BC; and Jacqui Middlemiss, BSN, RN, ONC, CMSRN
Published by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2019
ISBN-13: 9781945157943
EPUB ISBN: 9781945157950
PDF ISBN: 9781945157967
MOBI ISBN: 9781945157974
Price: US $44.95
Trade paperback, 198 pages
Trim size: 6x9

About the authors:
Beth Browder, MHSA, BSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, is the Executive Director for Professional Nursing Practice, Quality and Education and the Magnet Program Director for John Muir Health.

Gilbert Fuentes, MSN, RN, CMSRN, ONC, is the Adult Acute Care Nursing Manager for Medical Telemetry at John Muir Health.

Roxanne Holm, MSN, RN-BC, is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist in acute care at John Muir Health.

Deborah Macy, MSN, RN-BC, is a Unit Supervisor on a medical-surgical unit that specializes in endocrine, renal, and stroke patient populations at John Muir Health.

Jacqui Middlemiss, BSN, RN, ONC, CMSRN, is a Clinical Nurse and Relief Charge Nurse on a medical-surgical unit that specializes in endocrine, renal, and stroke patient populations at John Muir Health.

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About Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma)
The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 530 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Learn more at www.SigmaNursing.org.