Magnet® Monday: “Bring on the pom-poms!” says self-professed Magnet® cheerleader
I joined the Professional Nursing Council (PNC) in 2007 and I was enthralled with how the nurses here at AAMC had a voice in decision-making. I had heard about shared governance but to actually see it and experience it in action has been an amazing journey.
I attended the very first Nursing Strategic Planning Retreat and that is where I first heard of Magnet®. I wasn’t quite sure what it was all about, but it was presented in a way that reminded me of why I became a nurse. The second Nursing Strategic Planning Retreat is where it really all came together for me – the forces of magnetism reflected the care we rendered and constantly worked to improve.
In 2009, I became Chair of the PNC and was able to attend the ANCC Magnet® Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The enthusiasm and professionalism were contagious. I wanted every nurse at AAMC to know how great they were.
My only frustration over these past years has been that I thought the process of submitting our document and achieving Magnet® status should be quicker — we were already doing the deal, let’s get our designation. But the process has been thorough and I now see the necessity of the careful planning. We are absolutely ready for our site visit.
We submitted our document and I waited. When I heard that out document had been accepted, I wanted to do cartwheels down the hall.
I am looking forward to the site visit – I can’t wait to show off the care and commitment of my fellow nurses here at AAMC. They have the strength, spirit and unending tenacity to perform a sometimes difficult job each and every day – each one lending their special strength to the group.
It is my distinct privilege to belong to this group of nurses! If I sound like a Magnet cheerleader then bring on the pom-poms. -Debra Keane, RN