Inside scoop from our experts: Identify qualities of a champion

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 23, 2008

This week, a reader asks what qualities to look for when selecting ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) champions. Read the response below from our advisor Dorothy Garman, RN, MSN, nursing consultant in Newport, RI.

Q: What qualities should you look for when selecting MRP champions?

A: The MRP champion should be one who acts as a cheerleader to promote and raise awareness of the program to nursing and nonnursing staff. He or she should also have the ability to help staff recognize the importance of everyone’s contributions to the journey. A champion might be a unit’s informal leader or an active member of a nursing committee. And consider nurses who serve on hospitalwide committees or interdisciplinary teams because they can be direct sources of MRP information to their nonnursing colleagues.

Overall, a champion should:

  • Be creative, energetic, and enthusiastic about achieving designation
  • Serve as a role model
  • Take the time to educate, elicit feedback from, and provide regular updates to unit staff about the program
  • Have excellent critical thinking and communication skills

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1 comments on “Inside scoop from our experts: Identify qualities of a champion

Libby (8/1/2011 at 4:12 PM)
That's rlealy thinking out of the box. Thanks!


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