Ask the expert: Relevance of CNO tenure to application

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, August 18, 2009

This week, a reader asks about the effect a chief nursing officer's (CNO) tenure has on the application process. Read the response from advisor Katherine Riley, MSN, RN, NE-BC, from Bennington, VT.

Q: Within the last year, our CNO retired early due to medical reasons and we have hired a new CNO. Will her relatively brief tenure affect our application?

A: Under the 2005 ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) manual, the CNO was required to have served in his or her position for at least one year prior to the time of submission of the organization's written documents. However, this requirement is no longer in place with the 2008 manual.

However, the CNO is expected to have a master's degree with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing at the time of submitting the MRP application.

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