Inside scoop from our experts: Determine your needs for a consultant

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 4, 2008

This week, a reader asks when an organization would hire an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® consultant. Read the response from our advisor, Diana Swihart PhD, DMin, MSN, CS, APRN, BC, CNS, clinical nurse specialist, nursing education at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System., in Bay Pines, FL.

Q: When would an organization hire a Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) consultant?

A: A healthcare organization might select an MRP consultant to provide objective expertise and unbiased assessment of the strengths and limitations needed in the gap analysis stage. The consultant can save you some challenging—and expensive—surprises later on. Before hiring a consultant, evaluate your goals and see how these goals fit within the framework of consulting services.

And once you submit you written documentation and receive notification for a site visit, a consultant can be used to conduct a mock site visit to prepare staff for the actual visit.

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