Inside scoop from our experts: documenting nurse input

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, February 22, 2010

This week’s question and answer come from a conversation on JourneyTalk. This week, our answer comes from Cindy Kamikawa, RN, MS, NE-BC, vice president of nursing, ED, and chief nursing officer with the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, which was designated as an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program(R)  (MRP) organization in 2009.

Q: What process can I use to document direct care nurses’ input into needed staffing and other resources for the budget process?

A: We received our MRP designation in April 2009 and we used several strategies to address these standards: 

  • One of our finance staff members conducted a class (which was repeated five times to ensure everyone could attend) for our charge nurses. A nurse manager partnered with finance to make the class and content worthwhile for nurses. This program was very well received.
  • Each year, each manager is responsible for submitting their equipment requests for the budgeting process. We solicited feedback via the unit councils and asked nurses for input on minor capital purchases. We then had this documented in the meeting minutes.
  • Our last initiative involves our orientation program for charge nurses, and part of that orientation is a discussion regarding staffing and financial impact, especially on the variable units.

Editor's note: On JourneyTalk you can network with your peers, discuss the new manual, share your helpful tips, and get advice on how to meet the program's expectations. Become a member of JourneyTalk when you subscribe to HCPro's Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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