Inside best practice: Peer review policy provides road map for success

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, October 20, 2009

Peer review is about nurses taking responsibility for their practice and about nurses evaluating nurses. It is about raising the standards of practice for all, and, ultimately, about providing the best care we can for our patients.

Once an organization has made the decision to implement peer review and determined the backbone structure, it is time to begin establishing the peer review process. It is crucial that the process have a systematic design and protected approach. This means creating a formal policy, charter, and process that you will follow as you perform nursing peer review. Doing so ensures that the program has the authority and validity it needs to be accepted and valued, as well as the system to ensure it runs smoothly.

Hospitals are required by The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) to have a policy that defines their medical staff peer review process, and nursing peer review should follow this model.

Source: This excerpt is from the October issue of HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. 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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