Quick question for staff nurses: Selecting professional nursing practice models

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, December 1, 2009

One of the scariest aspects of a site visit for staff nurses is the prospect that appraisers will ask them a question they can't answer. Help nurses get over their fears by practicing responses to a variety of questions about the journey and what designation means to them. This will help nurses feel more confident that they can answer any question posed on the real site visit.

Here is this month's quick question for staff nurses:

Practice question: What process and criteria were used to select the professional nursing practice model, within the institution's overall model of care?

Hint: A professional practice model that is adopted by the department of nursing communicates the responsibility, authority, accountability, and evaluation of professional nurses to their patients and the healthcare organization in which they practice.

Shared governance nursing councils frequently assume responsibility for selecting a professional model of care, as well as for evaluating the model's applicability as the practice environment evolves and changes to meet today's demands.

Source: Adapted from Ready, Set, Designation! HCPro's Guide for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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