Inside the program: Forming a virtual committee to plan nursing excellence award

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 24, 2009

One of the first steps on the journey to ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® designation is to form a committee to analyze what needs to be done and make a plan. But right now, you might be thinking, "Who has time to attend yet another committee meeting?"

Consider setting up a virtual committee. A virtual committee has the same purpose and fulfills the same goals as an in-person committee, but the meetings are held via e-mail, instant message, or other forms of distance communication.

Here's how to get started:

  • Identify people who want to serve on the committee.
  • If you have the technology available, set up a mechanism for a live online chat that will allow committee members to converse electronically. If not, consider using an instant messaging format.
  • If live chats or instant messaging are not effective, consider communicating via group e-mails. You may need to conduct a face-to-face meeting to devise the committee's structure, such as how often you will need to communicate, deadlines for completion of committee tasks, and e-mail etiquette.

Source: Adapted from Learning Styles in Nursing Education: Integrating Teaching Strategies into Staff Development

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