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Article I: Mission

The Nursing Diversity Council provides support for the development and implementation of diversity initiatives within nursing, and works to foster a respectful, culturally appropriate environment for patients, families and staff members.

Article II: Purpose

The purpose of the Nursing Diversity Council is to:

  • Promote a respectful health care environment that values the incorporation of culturally relevant care for our patients and their families.
  • Establish yearly goals for diversity initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the Professional Development Council to provide a framework for the educational plan in regards to diversity initiatives.
  • Develop policies and procedures aligned with the goals and initiatives of the Council.
  • Integrate the diversity initiatives with the hospital plan.
  • Review data (such as the Employee Opinion Survey, Press Ganey survey, hospital and patient demographics, etc) to assess efficacy of diversity initiatives and incorporate the data to develop action plans.

Article III: Membership

Section 1

Membership shall include the following:

  • 1 Director
  • 3 Clinical Nurse Managers
  • 2 Nurse Educators
  • 1 staff nurse representative from each of the clinical service areas:
    • Surgery Services
    • Oncology
    • Heart Center
    • Medicine Services
    • Women’s Hospital
    • Children’s Hospital
    • Surgical Services
    • Psychiatry
    • Rehab
    • Emergency Department/ Air Care
    • At- large representative from the procedural areas
    • At- large representative from the outpatient clinic areas
  • Ex Officio Members:
    • Dr. Rumay Alexander, Special Assistant to the CNO for Multicultural Affairs
    • HR representative
    • Nurse Recruitment representative
    • Pastoral Care representative

Section 2

Membership Privileges

a. Each Council member/ Clinical service area shall have only one vote (if there is more than one nurse per clinical service area on the Council, there is still one voting member per service).

b. Ex Officio and Ad Hoc members will have no voting privileges.

c. Appointments to the Diversity Council will be for a minimum of a one (1) year period for the first year that the Council is in existence; thereafter the period of appointment will be two (2) years. No more than 50% of the Council will be rotated off each year, including the first year of existence.

d. Election of members shall occur by November of each year; the term of membership will begin in January.

e. Members will be responsible for coordinating meetings or reporting activities and disseminating minutes/ information to their respective unit or clinical area representatives.

Article IV: Officers

Section 1

a. The Chair and Co-Chair shall be elected from the membership of the Council. Each will serve one year in the respective position for a total of a two year term (one as Co-Chair, one as Chair). For the first six months of the Council, the Special Assistant to the CNO for Multicultural Affairs will serve as the Chair and a staff nurse will serve in the Co-Chair position.

b. The Nurse Managers will report Council activities to the Nurse Manager Committee on a monthly basis as well as advise the Professional Development Council on management issues.

c. The Director serves as a resource and advises the council on issues that impact the goals and objectives of patient care services and the hospital as a whole.

Section 2

Duties of the Officers:

a. The Council Chair/ Co-Chair is responsible for reporting to the Nursing Executive Council on a monthly basis.

b. Schedule and facilitate regular meetings.

c. Develop an agenda for each meeting.

d. Ensure that meeting minutes are maintained and disseminated.

e. Educate staff as to the activities and goals of the Nursing Diversity Council.

f. The Chair will be responsible for the development and submission of an annual report due each December to the Nursing Executive Council.

Article V: Committees

a. Subcommittees under the Nursing Diversity Council will include:

  • TBD 

b. A task force of Ad Hoc committee members shall be formed at the discretion of the Council to meet the needs of the Council or the hospital as a whole.


a. The Nursing Diversity Council will meet once a month.

b. Members must attend at least 75% of yearly meetings to retain their Council membership.

c. Inability to attend a meeting must be clearly communicated to the Chair in advance.

d. It is the responsibility of the Council member to obtain information from the missed meeting and disseminate this to the appropriate groups.

Article VI: Quorum

51% of the voting members of the Diversity Council members shall constitute a quorum for all meetings. A consensus decision making process is preferred; when necessary, a motion will be considered approved when passed by a minimum of 2/3 majority vote.

Article VII: Amendments

a. These bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Council with a quorum of 2/3 attendance and by a 2/3 majority vote.

b. Members shall be notified in writing (14) fourteen days in advance of proposed change.

c. Notification shall include present article and section citation and proposed amendment.

d. The Nursing Executive Council shall review proposed amendments for final approval.


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