Inside best practice: Pass the obelisk to keep the culture alive

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, April 21, 2009

As ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) champions at Rochester (NY) General Hospital (RGH)—a designated facility in 2004—prepare for redesignation, they keep the MRP culture alive in many ways.

One activity is something they call passing the obelisk. RGH received an obelisk as an award for achieving designation. Each week, a new nursing unit takes possession of the obelisk and an accompanying journal. When a unit has the obelisk, it must celebrate a Force of Magnetism and write it in the journal. For example, when the CTICU had the obelisk, the unit manager raffled off prizes for nurses who exemplified Force 11: Nurses as teachers and Force 14: Professional development. 

Read the entire article, “Keep nursing excellence on the front burner.”

Source: HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, April issue. Don't have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. < >

Editor’s note: Do you have a best practice you would like to share? E-mail them to associate editor Cameran Erny at and see your name in print!

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