Inside best practice: Nurses design an innovative way to illustrate their professional practice model

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 10, 2009

Some people love diagrams and charts. The concentric circles and interpretive arrows make instinctual sense to them, clearly and simply illustrating a complex idea.

To the rest of us, these charts all too often look like monochromatic shapes that we must puzzle over in an effort to find the connection between the diagram and its real-life version.

Such can be the case for many nurses when they look at a schematic diagram that tries to show the integration of a professional nursing practice model with the overall institutional model of care. Many feel little connection between a flat diagram and how they care for their patients every day. So the nurses at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) in Macon, led by Meryl Montgomery, RN, MSN, the hospital's ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) director, set out to design a different representation and came up with one that perfectly fits the hospital's warm, Southern atmosphere: a traditional antebellum house.

Source: This excerpt is from the November 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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