Inside the program: Importance of transparency

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, August 6, 2010

Information and knowledge are crucial to staff engagement in meeting the strategic goals of the healthcare institution. Staff members will be engaged if they know the facts about their organization. In the past, staff nurses were disengaged hospital employees, focused on patient care and knowing little about such issues as budget or operating margins, or market shares. Nurse leaders may even have promoted this attitude, rarely sharing budget-sensitive information with staff nurses.

However, emerging insights from healthcare and other industries demonstrate that an engaged and informed workforce is crucial to deliver strong performance and efficiency. Nurses have a special role and opportunity in healthcare organizations as licensed professionals who can make an enormous difference in the success of the overall organization, its culture, teamwork, performance and safety. In these economic times for staff nurses to understand the issues facing their institution.

Source: Quality Improvement for Nurse Managers

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