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Inside scoop from our experts: See how the project director can be part-time

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 11, 2008

This week, a reader asks if the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) project director can be part-time. Read the response from our advisor Barbara Hannon, RN, MSN, CPHQ, MRP coordinator for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.

Q: Can the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® project director (MPD) can be part time?

A: As many healthcare organizations are cutting their budgets due to the economy, hospitals are looking for ways to combine staff members’ roles. The MPD is important to the success of achieving designation because he or she drives the entire venture and is accountable for most, if not all, of the aspects of the project.

If having a full-time MPD is not in the budget, the following are two alternatives:

  1. Reduce the workload of two employees and create one full-time equivalent (FTE) between the two. Sharing the MPD duties is a sound option because two people with different areas of expertise will bring different strengths to this one position.
  2. Create a part-time MPD position (e.g., 0.5 FTE). This scenario works well as long as the MPD has enough administration help and support from Magnet Recognition Program® champions and the steering committee to accomplish the tasks of a project director without becoming overwhelmed.

Editor’s note: Do you have a question for our experts? If you'd like us to consider your query for publication, please send it to associate editor Cameran Erny at cerny@hcpro.com.

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