Inside best practice: Formatting the written documentation

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, January 12, 2010

When it comes time to submit your written documents for review, be sure the document is easy to read and flows in a logical, organized manner.

To start, create an inclusive table of contents containing page numbers. According to the specifications in the 2008 ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) Application Manual, you need to use a common font, such as Arial, Courier, Garamond, or Times New Roman, in 12-point size. To decide which font to use, review the font that is used in your organization's policies and procedures, meeting minutes, etc. This will ensure consistency across your narrative statements and exhibits.

Also, submit single-sided documents, except when presenting brochures or other preprinted material. All charts and diagrams must be clearly labeled and referenced within the text of the narrative to ensure that the documents read as clearly as possible and with little disruption in flow.

Source: This excerpt is from the January issue 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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