Inside best practice: White paper on organizing the written documentation

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, December 15, 2009

After performing a gap analysis, implementing processes to fill any gaps, and sending in the initial application and fee, it's time to focus on the written documentation. This is the evaluation phase of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) and beginning the written documentation is the part of the journey that produces the most anxiety for many organizations.

However, if all who are involved possess a strong understanding of the program's expectations and design a solid game plan, this part of the journey will be fun, adventurous, and exhilarating. The process presents a time for the organization to reflect on all of the great accomplishments that the nursing department has achieved with the entire institution's support.

ANCC Magnet Recognition® is not only a nursing award, it's an organizational achievement. It takes an entire organization to truly be worthy of designation. Include everyone in the organization early on in this process. Ask employees organizationwide to engage in the process by contributing their support and assistance (e.g., sharing exemplars for the documentation).

Source: This excerpt is from the December white paper 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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