Documentation Considerations

Documentation Considerations

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Documentation Tip

Documentation Considerations

By Sharon A. Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
NKC Consultant and Educator

Although the 2014 Magnet® Application Manual seems to have reduced the burden of documentation by decreasing the number of standards to 49, there are still 66 Sources of Evidence (SOE) to write. Regardless of whether you are writing a narrative for an empirical outcome SOE or nonempirical outcome SOE, it is important to do the following.

  • Describe the structure, process, and outcome of the standards being addressed.
  • Describe the development, dissemination, and enculturation of the standards.
  • Identify the key words or concepts in each SOE and then explain how each of those key words or concepts is operationalized within your organization.
  • Use evidence wisely to demonstrate the key words or concepts that you have described. I suggest using five pieces of evidence.
  • Provide the requested number of examples, no more, no less.

Additional Tips

  • Frequently check the ANCC website for 2014 Magnet® Application Manual updates and FAQs.
  • Use a consistent writing style and formatting.
  • Have someone who does not know your organization read your documents. This will help you fill in gaps in your explanations. Remember, what is familiar to you is not familiar to the appraisers.
  • Consider utilizing the expertise of an NKC consultant to review your documents to ensure that your narratives completely address the intent of the SOEs.

This article was originally published in June 2015.


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