3 Quick Tips for the Magnet Application Manual

BY: Brenda Fischer, PhD, MBA, RN, CPHQ, FACHE, ANA Consultant for Magnet®, Pathway to Excellence®, & Practice Transition Accreditation Program

As care delivery continues to move to the outpatient setting, ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® is putting an increased focus on ambulatory care nursing. Here are some tips to navigate ambulatory-related requirements in the 2019 Magnet Application Manual:

  1. EP21EO asks for patient satisfaction outcomes for ambulatory areas. If no national benchmarks are available from the vendor, identify the next highest possible benchmark.
  2. International applicants: the word “vendor” is often used when describing a company that collects data from multiple organizations and provides external benchmarks. For Magnet® purposes, the word vendor is the same as “externally managed database.” International organizations must contribute to an externally managed database that accepts data from similar organizations.
  3. When writing your application document, make sure the narrative describes the initiative that was implemented in the ambulatory area, and that you are reporting only ambulatory data.

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American Nurses Credentialing Center. (2019). 2019 Magnet® Application Manual.

American Nurses Credentialing Center. (2019). 2019 Magnet® Application Manual. International Interpretation of Selected Sources of Evidence.

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