Gen Guanci Med, RN-BC, CCRN-K
- Start early. Our experience supports that it takes 12‐18 months to craft a well written document.
- Create a project plan and stick to it. Having a structured plan will increase the likelihood of completing all tasks in a timely manner.
- Vet potential examples before writing starts. Doing this will decrease the chance that the example might not work or is being used too frequently.
- Do not try to do it alone. We recommend a team approach to the identification and development of the document.
- Limit the amount of non‐document work Magnet® Program Directors/Magnet® Managers/Magnet® Coordinators do in the months leading up to your submission date. The document should be your priority during this time, so limit meetings and other project work during this period.
- Describe your structures and processes before writing about your example. Before sharing your example, you need to describe what it is in the organization that enables your story to happen.
- Select evidence that creates strong proof to support your narrative. Be sure to ask yourself… “does this piece of evidence show how XYZ happened?”.
- Tie your narrative back to the language of the source of evidence (SoE). If the SoE is asking about how you crafted something to support your care delivery system (CDS) be sure to reference your CDS throughout the write‐up.
- Limit relying on empirical outcome examples that are dependent upon future data. While doing this occasionally is ok, we recommend having no more than 20% of the examples be dependent upon future state data because what happens if the data does not turn out the way you had hoped?
- Be sure you do not have an empirical outcome intervention and graph mismatch. Pre‐data must occur before any intervention. Post‐data must occur after last activity addressed in the intervention section.