The PNSO Bylaws convenes two essential shared governance groups to oversee these core missions on behalf of their UVA nursing colleagues.

The Central PNSO Clinical Practice Committee promotes excellence in evidence-based practice in all clinical settings by guiding the development, implementation and evaluation of nursing practice and documentation standards at the University of Virginia Health System (see Operational Guideline & members). The committee collaborates with interdisciplinary practice committees, the Nursing Policy Program, Nursing Informatics & Documentation, as well as PNSO Regional Committees to make decisions about nursing clinical concerns throughout the Health System. It also communicates practice changes to all UVA nurses via the online monthly publication of the Practice News. The committee reports directly to the Nursing Cabinet, providing a summary of activities and recommendations to improve patient outcomes.

Our Process Map for Practice & Policy Changes describes how the PNSO utilizes evidence to improve care and achieve excellent outcomes throughout the institution. The annual EBP Symposium showcases the latest evidence and features nurse-led research and quality improvement projects.

UVA nurses promote a commitment to quality and patient safety through monitoring of outcomes data and ongoing improvements via their local shared governance work. The Quality Dashboard tracks key outcome metrics on behalf of nursing and the organization. The Nursing Cabinet and CNO review nurse-sensitive quality metric performance overall, and on a quarterly basis, select high-performing practice areas to receive awards for Sustained Excellence and Improvements in Nursing Quality.