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Blog spotlight: Educate and inspire staff for the journey to nursing excellence

Nurse Leader Insider, February 16, 2009

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This week, Gina Boring, MSN, RN, NE-BC, director of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) at Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH, shares some tips to motivate staff for MRP designation:

The MRP project director takes on many roles. They attend shared governance meetings, track quality improvement and research projects, gather a team to collect evidence and write narratives for the written documentation, and much more.

But more importantly, a project director needs to educate staff members and build excitement for designation.

As the project director, you want to educate staff members with tools such as PowerPoint presentations of the standards, poster presentations for staff, and informational forums on what designation is, and what the standards include. Below are a few examples of ways to communicate your journey toward nursing excellence throughout the organization:

  • Include updates in facility newsletters as to what MRP status means, and your facility's journey toward reaching that status
  • Create an MRP status cabinet that displays anything that is helping along your journey to designation
  • Create "think tanks" where staff can brainstorm about evidence-based practice and research ideas, quality improvement initiatives, nurse involvement in the community, etc. 

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