Ask the expert: Partner with your community

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, June 16, 2009

This week, a reader asks how the organization can partner with the community. Read the response from our advisor Katherine Riley, MSN, RN, NE-BC.   

Q: How can the organization partner with the community to meet expectations under Component II: Structural empowerment?

A: Your organization can partner with the local police agency to demonstrate safe car seat use during a parenting class. Or partner with local chapters of the Oncology Nursing Society and American Heart Association to provide cancer screenings (e.g., skin exams) or smoking-cessation support for diverse populations.

Also, you can provide a fun, interactive weekend for school-age children at the local mall profiling wellness behaviors. You can also profile nursing and allied health professions for this younger audience. Secure several corporate sponsors to contribute to this event, such as local insurance providers, television stations, physician groups, and supermarkets.

Describe a partnership with inner-city elementary schools to provide needed school supplies in the fall, warm clothing and accessories in the winter, and reading materials year-round, as well as any interactive healthy heart and dental health information that staff can bring to the elementary classroom.

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