Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Magnet Hospitals and Librarians

Next chat: Thursday, May 5th (first Thursday of the month) 

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1MXmeOL

Magnet Hospitals and Increased Opportunities for Librarians
Thursday, April 7, 2016
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Roy Brown @CarolinaFan1982

There are 433 hospitals around the world that are Magnet accredited institutions. The main focus of the model is on evidence-based outcomes based on four major areas that are issues in nursing and health care. Those areas are structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge & innovations and transformational leadership.

Over the last several years, I have become more involved with the nurses in the VCU Health System where I work, mainly because of the hospital adopting the Magnet Model when it comes to nursing practice. Through the course of my work with the nurses in the health system, it has become apparent that the focus on evidence and needing access to the most current literature presents a host of opportunities for librarians.

Discussion Questions: 

1. For those who are affiliated/associated with hospitals that are recognized as Magnet accredited institutions, how have you been able to leverage the needs of nurses into new opportunities? What sort of opportunities?

2. Of the four areas addressed in the Magnet standards, which have you found a role for librarians in addressing?

3. Have you found there to be any barriers in the hospital to working with nurses in order to assist with EBP projects or other needs based on the Magnet model?

4. Are you aware of any other accreditation/models that relate to other disciplines that librarians could leverage to engage more with those disciplines in the hospital?

Resources for Further Reading:  

Magnet Recognition Program Overview - http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Magnet/ProgramOverview

Luzinski, C. (2011). The Magnet® model: An infrastructure for excellence. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41(11), 441-442.

MSLIS, M. M. A., & Bandy, M. M. (2009). The Magnet journey: opportunities for librarians to partner with nurses. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 97(4), 302.