Inside scoop from our experts: Educate staff on peer review

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 30, 2008

This week, a reader asks how to educate staff on peer review. Read the response below from our advisor Gina Boring, MSN, RN, NE-BC, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® director at Aultman Health Foundation in Canton, OH.

Q: How can I educate nursing and nonnursing staff on peer review?

A: A great way to educate staff regarding the peer review process is through a formal educational session. Involve all nursing departments and nonnurses, such as quality managers who will be referring cases to the peer review committee, by presenting a PowerPoint slide show of the peer review process. Also, add a peer review in-service to new nurse orientation to set the expectation for new hires.

The following are a few other ways to inform nursing and nonnursing departments about the peer review process:

  • Unit-specific newsletters
  • Hospital newsletter
  • Intranet site
  • Bulletin boards
  • Flyers and brochures

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