Inside scoop from our experts: Track nursing credentials on a tight budget

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, May 12, 2009

This week, a reader asks how to track nursing credentials with limited resources. Read the response from Meryl Montgomery, RN, MSN, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® director at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

Q: How can I track nursing credentials on a tight budget?

A: As your organization, along with many others, is cutting budgets due to the economy, there are ways to effectively track nursing credentials without purchasing the latest technology. Start by teaming up with HR staff members to create an Excel database that details an individual nurse’s highest degree, type of degree, and professional certification. Post the database on your hospital’s Intranet, have HR maintain the database, and require nurses to update it annually.

Another option for capturing nurse credentials is by creating a professional profile paper document, which nurses fill in with a pencil or pen during their annual performance review.

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