How to Improve Your Source of Evidence Writing

BY: Sharon A. Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
ANA Consultant

Many of my clients and workshop attendees struggle with understanding exactly what to write regarding a Source of Evidence (SOE). My advice is to dissect the words out of the SOE and write to them. This way, you answer exactly what the SOE is requesting.

Here is a quick example:

If you’re writing about a clinical nurse, but the project you’re going to use for the SOE involves charge nurses (because your organization considers them clinical nurses), then you need to document that specifically so the Magnet® appraisers clearly understand. You might have to reiterate this point every time you refer to a charge nurse in a clinical nurse role.

With a background as a Magnet Program Director, and 20 years of experience in quality management to help with empirical outcomes, I can help you get the designation support you need.

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