Inside best practice: Prepare for the site visit by sailing

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 16, 2008

It’s important to start planning site visit activities once you submit your ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® written documentation because you never know how quickly appraisers may show up on your hospital’s doorstep.

In preparation for its site visit, Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL—a Magnet Recognition Program® recipient in 2008—kicked staff engagement into high gear.

Staff at Memorial Hospital went sailing by creating a Magnet Recognition Program® “ship” that showcased the 14 Forces. The “ship” was made from an old rolling medical cart with an attached bow and sail, which featured the hospital’s logo, made from cardboard. The cart’s 14 drawers were labeled with each of the 14 Forces and filled with note cards that listed questions related to the Forces. A treasure chest full of candy and snacks to hand out sat on top of the ship for when nurses answered questions correctly.

Source: Adapted from HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, September 2008. Don't have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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