Shared Governance

Shared governance is founded on principles of partnership, equity, accountability and ownership. Shared governance empowers nurses and managers to contribute to accountability and decision-making processes for patient care, work environment and nursing practice. This model supports a framework in which nurses own their practice and work to advance the value and quality of health care.

Shared governance:

  • Empowers staff
  • Increases professional autonomy
  • Increases job satisfaction
  • Allows for more effective clinical practice
  • Improves quality of patient care

Under the shared governance model, The University of Tennessee Medical Center nurses have a voice in determining clinical practices, standards and quality of patient care. Nurses are encouraged to utilize their clinical knowledge and experience to help direct and develop nursing practice at the hospital. Shared governance also fosters communication with executive staff and among colleagues in various units.

UT Medical Center’s shared governance councils include the Advance Practice Registered Nurse Council, Nursing Coordinating Council, Nursing Leadership Council, Nursing Practice Council, Nursing Professional Development Council, Nursing Retention & Recruitment Council, Nursing Innovation & Evidence-Based Practice Council, and Nursing Quality & Safety Council.

Application for Conducting Nursing Innovation / Evidence-Based Practice Projects

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Knoxville, TN 37920



Nursing Excellence at the Medical Center

Brain & Spine Institute

The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Stroke Team is committed to providing evidence-based care to East Tennesseans experiencing ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

Cancer Institute

As the largest provider of cancer care in the region, the Cancer Institute offers the broadest spectrum of cancer specialists and services to care for the adult population.

Clinical Services

Endoscopy services include diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal and pulmonary procedures.

Emergency & Trauma

The University of Tennessee Medical Center Emergency Department is the tertiary referral center for medical care in the East Tennessee region. It is the area’s only designated Level I Trauma Center for adults and pediatrics. 

Heart Lung Vascular Institute

The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab is a multidisciplinary department providing cardiac services for inpatient and outpatient adult populations. 

Medical Surgical

General Surgery and Gastroenterology is a 30-bed acute care telemetry unit within the medical-surgical service line. 

Orthopaedic Institute

The Orthopaedic Institute and University Orthopaedic Surgeons are dedicated to providing quality, safe, and patient centered care through a comprehensive range of orthopaedic services.

Other Areas

The Ambulatory Infusion Center is designed to provide a quick and comfortable setting for patients needing IV therapy.


The Pre-Anesthesia Testing Unit is for patients having surgery or other interventional procedures requiring anesthesia. 

Women & Infants

The 4 East Antepartum / Gynecology Unit is a private 23 bed unit dedicated to Women’s Health.