Inside best practice: Application to training programs

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

Editor’s note: The following is from an article by Suzanne M Burns, RN, MSN, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM, FAANP, professor of nursing, APN 2, and director of the PNSO Research Program with the University of Virginia Health System.

University of Virginia Health System’s research program first puts out a call for research clinicians (called research mentors or RMs), published annually via hospital intranet.

The call for applicants describes the elements of the program and, most importantly, notes that the role of the RM is to lead a unit-based research team study. No previous research experience or educational level of preparation is required for application to the program.

The applicants submit a short description (no more than one page) about why they wish to be an RM and also describe a unit project that they have completed from beginning to end. This is a key part of the application as we recognize that an individual’s perseverance and follow-through are important predictors in ensuring the successful completion of a research project.

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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