One program that has been developed to help in the transformation of the work environment of nurses is Magnet Recognition Program. This program aims to establish a culture where excellence when it comes to nursing care and even professional practice is prioritized and valued. Survey results showed that there is higher satisfaction for nurses and a high performing work environment when a health care institution reaches the Magnet recognition (Morgan, 2007).
There are 14 forces of Magnetism namely: Nursing Leadership Quality, Structure of Organization, Management Style, Policies and Programs, Professional Models of Care, Quality of Care, Quality Improvement, Consultation and Resources, Autonomy, Community and Healthcare Organization, Nurses as Teachers, Image of Nursing, Interdisciplinary Relationships, and Professional Development (Pagana, 2007; American Sentinel University, 2011).
Some of the key qualities associated with leadership roles include interdisciplinary relationships and professional development which are necessary to help in the improvement of the quality of care. Nurse leaders should be approachable, visible, and committed to communicating effectively to ensure the establishment of partnerships with different professionals and institutions, promotion of continues education, and even encouragement of other professionals to establish a working environment which is beneficial to patient outcomes and job satisfaction (Kaplow, 2008).
DNP-prepared nurses are professionals who have been trained to practice and handle advanced nursing practice roles. Moreover, these nurses are provided with higher level of knowledge by exposing them to the different formulation and interpretation techniques especially when it comes to evidence-based practice. Some of the roles that can be handled by a DNP-prepared nurse include development of different health policies, administration, leadership, advanced clinical practice, and application of information technology. The critical step when it comes to health outcomes improvement and quality health care is the education of health care professionals of the next generation (American Nurses Association, 2011).
Since DNP-prepared leaders are skilled and trained to handle different roles, having a Magnet recognition can be enabled by applying different techniques and strategies. As a DNP-prepared leader, I would first set myself as a role model to other health professionals. I will make sure that I am accessible and approachable to any professional who may need my guidance or expertise. By being a good role model to other health professionals, their trust and respect for me will increase which can greatly contribute to my ability to establish connections with them and initiate interprofessional collaboration which has been a proven way of improving the quality of health care and patient outcomes. As a leader, I will also take into consideration the organizational structure of the institution, I will reach out to fellow professionals to ask for their expertise when dealing with difficult and sensitive situations. I will also ensure that my management style will be beneficial to everyone. As a leader, I will make sure that the opinions and suggestions of other health professionals are taken into consideration especially when it comes to planning, implementation, assessment, and revision of some policies and programs. I will also encourage the participation of other health organizations and institutions in educating and training the students who are destined to become the health professionals of the next generation. By carefully assessing the different forces of magnetism and applying the appropriate skills needed, I am sure that there will be improvement in patient outcomes, job satisfaction, and even the quality of health care services and delivery.
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