Inside scoop from our experts: Nurse management council

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, May 5, 2010

This week’s question on staff education comes from a discussion on JourneyTalk. Meryl Montgomery, RN, MSN, nursing QI coordinator with the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, provides some insight.

Q: Could you describe the meetings of your nursing management council?

A: Our management council focuses on all things ANCC Magnet Recognition Program (MRP) ®- and nursing-excellence related. They were intimately involved in documentation preparation and telling our story, as well as site visit preparation. At our meetings we don’t discuss daily operational issues, just those things that are related to maintaining and improving an environment of nursing excellence. At a recent meeting, for example, the directors gave input and feedback on restructuring nurse quality council and development of formal incident based peer review. They also discussed the upcoming Nurse Week plans, since they coordinate that event.

Finally, a fun part of the meeting was looking at nearly 1,000 pictures that had been drawn by elementary students from our local school district depicting “what’s a nurse,” helping to pick the “winners” that would receive gift certificates and a certificate. We try to mix fun, support, innovation, and moving forward in all our meetings.

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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