Inside scoop from our experts: Benchmarking your nursing education department

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

This week’s question on staff education comes from a discussion on JourneyTalk. Stacey Beaven, BSN, MSHA, CNA-BC, vice president of nursing services with Trover Health System in Madisonville, KY, provides some insight.

Q: A question for a 200-300 bed community hospital that has a centralized nursing education department: For benchmarking purposes, what is the appropriate number and composition of FTEs in that department?

A: We are a 400-bed Regional Medical Center but our census is usually around 200. We used the calculation of 1.0 FTE per 100 Nursing FTEs in the beginning. We currently have a nursing education coordinator. We have another RN educator that we primarily dedicate to the med/surg unit. We have an RN educator who does ED education but also assists the others with nursing housewide competencies and education. We have a total of 3.0 FTEs in nursing education. Our operating room (OR) has its own educator that reports to the OR director and is not part of nursing education.

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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