Inside the program: Create a timeline to help with designation success

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

One you have identified organizational readiness to pursue ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) designation, set up a realistic timeline. Although the journey is exciting and rewarding, it can also become difficult, labor-intensive, and tedious. Therefore, set the date for the final submission of documents months after the initial application. The following is an example of a timeline from Aultman Health Foundation in Canton, OH—an MRP recipient in 2006.

  • February-November 2003: Hired full time MRP coordinator and conducted gap analysis 
  • January-December 2004: Sent in initial application for intent to pursue and assembled writing team and content experts
  • January-December 2005: Began writing the documents; mailed documents to appraisers; and conducted site visit
  • April 2006: Notified of achievement of MRP designation

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

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