Inside scoop from our experts: Organize a steering committee for designation success

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, March 17, 2009

This week, a reader asks for methods for organizing a steering committee. Read the response from advisor Katherine Riley, MSN, RN, NE-BC, coordinator for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

Q: Can you please provide a few methods for organizing a steering committee?

A: It’s important to create an MRP steering committee to help with the collection of data and exemplars for the written documentation. The committee members can consist of staff nurses from each department who bring examples of projects, outcomes, or structures that support a particular source of evidence. This ensures that all departments are represented in the documentation and that the project director is uncovering all the good work that is happening in the nursing departments.

Another method of organizing a steering committee is to have one person assigned to one of the 14 Forces of Magnetism or new Model Components and be responsible for organizing a team to collect data and exemplars. Committee membership usually is made up of staff nurses from each unit. They create fun activities to energize and educate staff regarding the 14 Forces of Magnetism and the MRP culture. The team may hold contests, do poster displays, and plan celebrations of nursing excellence.

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