Inside best practice: Nurses and live presentations

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, May 14, 2010

When Cheryl Burnette, MEd, BS, RN, CPLP, nurse retention coordinator with Centra in Lynchburg, VA, began to develop her program for helping nurses with poster presentations, the spark came from one source:

They had plenty of impressive things to talk about.

“I know we have amazing outcomes at Centra,” says Burnette.

The facility just recently received word that they have been re-designated as an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program ® (MRP) hospital.

“As the nurse retention coordinator, it’s important for me to highlight staff at the bedside and their professional practice,” says Burnette. “They’re the ones who achieve those outcomes.”

Burnette wanted to find a way to give Centra’s nurses an opportunity to present on those great outcomes.

Finding the outcomes wasn’t the problem—Burnette speaks with genuine enthusiasm about the great work the nurses at her organization do. So Burnette challenges the staff to take their outcomes to the next level and talk about them in a conference setting. In fact, many nurses in many different roles from Centra have already presented at national forums. However, Burnette wanted a way to enhance and coach nurses at the bedside in opportunities to present.

Source: This excerpt is from the May 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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