Nursing

Best practice: Make Intranet sites popular among your nurses

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

The shared governance communication committee at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia—an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®-designated facility since 2007®decided to create department and unit pages for the hospital's intranet as a way to communicate about shared governance.

The pages are a place to store meeting minutes, key documents, and other items. But the key to the success of this communication device lay in attracting people to the site so they would actually use the pages.

"We built social pages on their unit council page with birthdays, wedding anniversaries, new grandmothers, pictures, new births," says Patricia Fink, RN, ASN, clinical nurse III on the surgical orthopedic and trauma unit. "We also added key documents, such as orientation information or key education pieces for the unit. So instead of looking for a book, they would go on the intranet to get the information."

Source: HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, July issue. Don't have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro's Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. 

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