Q & A – Clinical Nurses for Pathway and Magnet

Kathleen Yhlen
VP Nursing Excellence, Project Management

Involvement of Clinical Nurses on a Journey

Coming out of our recent Clinical Nurses – Champions for Designation webinar, we received a great amount of interest and questions from our audience. As part of our continued efforts to engage and follow-up with those interested in HealthLinx resources and topics, I’d like to review a key item stemming from the focal point of this webinar to help provide more clarity around the roles of clinical nurses through related designations.

Q: How can clinical nurses be involved in the Pathway to Excellence® or Magnet® Journey?

A: Clinical nurse involvement is crucial on the Pathway and Magnet journeys. Best practice suggests clinical nurse participation on three key teams: the steering team, writing team and clinical champion team.

The steering team is responsible for the overall project. Encourage a clinical nurse to co-chair this team. The majority of nurses on the steering team should be clinical nurses, as this will set the stage for the journey.

The writing team is responsible for completing the documents for submission. Approximately half of the Pathway and Magnet documents request examples about clinical nurses. Clinical nurses are the content experts for providing examples and evidence to include in the application.

The clinical champion team is responsible to educate and prepare colleagues and team members for the Pathway survey or the Magnet site visit. Clinical nurses can encourage and motivate their team members to actively participate.

If you are interested in discovering more information from this webinar, please be sure to access the following resources:


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