Inside scoop from our experts: Personnel policies that reflect nursing excellence

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 17, 2009

This week, a reader asks about how to ensure personnel policies are reflected in the documentation. Read the response from advisor Gina Boring, BSN, RN, NE-BC, in Canton, OH.

Q: What kind of personnel policies should we demonstrate in the written documentation?

A: Personnel policies fall under Component III: Structural empowerment. Structural empowerment provides the foundation of nursing services and a sense of empowerment reduces job strain, improves productivity, encourages competence, and fosters autonomy.

Examples of projects or documents to illustrate personnel polices and programs include:

  • Performance appraisal process at all levels
  • Safety newsletters and educational offerings
  • Student nurse extern program
  • New graduate nurse internship
  • Employee advisory committee
  • Flexible scheduling options (e.g., "summers off" program)
  • Examples of staffing and patient assignments
  • Unit-based self-scheduling
  • Pay differential for certification and educational advancement
  • Use of tuition reimbursement funds to cover the cost of certification
  • Retention incentives for employees
  • Flexible schedules for employees returning to school

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