Inside the program: Keep nursing excellence documentation clear and organized

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, August 4, 2009

When submitting documentation about your organization's nursing excellence, be sure it is easy to read and flows in a logical, organized manner. To start, create an inclusive table of contents containing page numbers.

According to the specifications in the 2008 ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® Application Manual, you need to use a common font, such as Arial, Courier, Garamond, or Times New Roman, in 12-point size. To decide which font to use, review the font that is used in your organization's policies and procedures, meeting minutes, etc. This will ensure consistency across your narrative statements and exhibits.

Also, submit single-sided documents, except when presenting brochures or other preprinted material. All charts and diagrams must be clearly labeled and referenced within the text of the narrative to ensure the documents read as clearly as possible and with as little disruption in flow as possible.

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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