Inside the program: Illustrate autonomy by discussing these five examples

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, March 10, 2009

In an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® environment, nurses are permitted and expected to practice autonomously and independent judgment is expected to be exercised within the context of a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

As you begin writing for Component III: Exemplary professional practice, the following are examples to discuss that illustrate autonomy:

  • Staff nurses have input into products purchased for use in the clinical areas
  • The nurse practice council is staff nurse-driven
  • Staff members are active members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Nurses exercise independent judgment at the bedside
  • Staff nurses make unit-based decisions concerning clinical care (e.g., intensive care unit nurses decide on 24-hour visiting hours or to have family members stay in the room during a code)

Source: Adapted from HCPro’s Guide to Assessing, Pursuing, and Achieving Excellence in the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Second Edition.

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