A New Model of Governance: One University's Journey

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Abstract

In the nearly 50 years, since the Medicare Program established funding for nursing education in the United States, there has been a steady migration away from hospital-controlled programs toward those which function as wholly owned subsidiaries within larger health care systems. Private sector health care organizations in particular are under increasing pressure to adapt at the risk of losing all of their funding. However, accomplishing this presents multiple challenges for today's nursing education programs in terms of their regulatory compliance, accreditation, autonomy, and, above all, governance model. The authors outline the journey toward, and specific challenges involved in creating, implementing and administering a new governance model, which sustains the overall mission and vision of the education institution while functioning seamlessly within a modern corporate health care system.

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