In our last entry for 2014 Medical Librarians Month, Dana Kopp describes her role in her institution’s journey to receive Magnet Recognition. Although this brings us to the end of our contest, we are always interested in hearing your stories! Please let me know if you would like to do a guest post for Dragonfly.
by Dana Kopp, MLS
Manager – Library Services
The Learning Center
Providence St. Patrick Hospital
My involvement with our Magnet Journey began in 2009 when I was one of three people sent to a Magnet Journey to Excellence workshop in San Diego. The Nursing Shared Governance Advisory Council and Professional Development Councils had determined that they thought our nurses were ready to begin the Journey and deserved recognition for the fantastic work they do every day. The Advisory Council had begun a gap analysis and found that they really weren’t sure where we stood because there were so many unanswered questions about each Component. The gap analysis was put on hold while we educated ourselves on the process and requirements. I was chosen to attend the workshop because I had taken the MLA Getting Magnetized course a few months earlier and had more knowledge about the Magnet Components than many others. (more…)