Inside best practice: Involving nurses from ambulatory departments and clinics

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

Ambulatory sites can provide an important balance to your ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) documentation regarding your inpatient/hospital departments as they demonstrate structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, and empirical outcomes across the continuum of care.

Once it is determined that the ambulatory site provides nursing care, the next step is for the CNO and the administrator of the ambulatory department to review MRP standards and the purpose of designation. It is critical to attain top administrative support before moving forward.

It is essential that the ambulatory department be included in the infrastructure for structural empowerment. For example, in a councilor shared governance model, ambulatory sites should be represented on councils such as practice, quality, professional development, recruitment/retention, research, operations, education, and executive. If a unit council is in place as well, ambulatory sites must receive the same education and support from advisors and the MRP project director as the other unit councils.

Source: This excerpt is from the November issue of HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program(r). 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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