Inside the program: Don’t put non-quantifiable outcomes in your documentation

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, June 2, 2009

If there are no quantifiable outcomes related to particular evidence, do not include the evidence in your documentation. For example, you may have what you believe to be an innovative multifaceted program to prevent or reduce the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). However, if you cannot provide evidence of sustained prevention and control of VAP, the example should not be included in the documentation. Most of the exemplars that your organization chooses to feature in the documentation should describe how your nursing organization was able to recognize problems, establish plans to address the problems, apply the plans, measure changes attributable to the plans, and revise those plans as necessary.

Source: Adapted from The Project Director's Toolkit: HCPro's Guide to Collecting Evidence and Writing Narratives for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Second Edition.

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