Welcome to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Shared Governance Website. Here you will find information, templates, calendars, and more put together as a reference and toolbox to support the Shared Governance program here at Vanderbilt. From our Unit, Clinic, and Department Boards to the Nursing Executive Board, our culture of Shared Governance supports the principles of decentralized decision making, shared accountability, and partnerships among all staff to deliver exceptional patient care, improve quality of care, and enhance work life. We are committed to helping direct caregivers have an active voice and participation in improving their professional practice in collaboration with their leaders. Our rich history in Shared Governance, framed by our Nursing Staff Bylaws first ratified in 1980, continues to grow stronger through our many opportunities for involvement. We hope you find our website informative and helpful in your journey with Shared Governance.