Inside scoop from our experts: Nurse Peer Review Committee

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, May 24, 2010

This week’s question on staff education comes from a discussion on JourneyTalk. Kathleen M. Widlund, BSN, MS, RN, NE-BC, vice president patient care services with Sierra View District Hospital, Porterville, CA, provides some insight.

Q: Do you keep minutes for your Nursing Peer Review Committee? Does everyone keep minutes? If so, how much detail are you including in the minutes? A: Our Nursing Peer Review minutes are kept in the same format as utilized by the Medical Staff for their Peer Review. To maintain 1157 protection, the chief of staff and myself (VPPCS) are the co-chairs and I report the cases, findings, and actions to the Medical Executive Committee.

Our Nursing Peer Review is a part of our Professional Practice Committee agenda, but is carved out and kept confidential. All members of nursing peer review sign a confidentiality agreement before being allowed to participate on the council and Peer Review.

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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