Inside scoop from our experts: Policies and procedures

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, May 27, 2010

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

Q: How do you communicate changes to existing policies and procedures and/or new policies and procedures to your nursing staff?

A: New policies and procedures are broadcast to the user group, as well as being placed in a “mandatory reading” book with instructions to the staff to look each day for new updates. Each policy and procedure has a sign-off sheet that each member of the unit signs when he or she has read the information. Additionally, the information is reviewed again at the monthly staff meetings. If the changes are significant, then the clinical managers and directors give mini inservices to the staff at the time as well as mandatory reading for reinforcement.

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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