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Inside the Forces: Hold nurses accountable for improving the image of nursing

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 18, 2008

As you pursue ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® designation or redesignation, you must consistently meet expectations for Force of Magnetism 12: Image of nursing, which falls under Component II: Structural empowerment. To improve the image of nursing in your organization, hold staff nurses accountable for:

  • Participating in shared governance councils
  • Belonging to and supporting at least one professional nursing organization
  • Maintaining a current knowledge base of their specialty through continuing education
  • Documenting appropriately and according to nursing standards of practice
  • Adhering to organizational and other practice standards
  • Introducing themselves to a patient by their first name and title (e.g., “My name is Sally Brown, and I am your nurse.”)

Source: Adapted from HCPro’s new book Our Image Our Choice: Perspectives on Shaping, Empowering, and Elevating the Nursing Profession

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