Leveraging technology to prepare for a successful Magnet® virtual site visit

Kathy Arthurs, Becky Chalupa


Magnet Site Visits are part of the comprehensive review process for organizations seeking the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) prestigious Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence. In 2021, the ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® began offering the option for an onsite or Virtual Site Visit (VSV) for domestic and international organizations. These visits are the culmination of years of work that showcase the best in nursing practice and interprofessional collaboration. Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) and Magnet Program Directors (MPDs) collaborate to strategically plan these visits. This article will describe a Magnet® recognized community hospital’s preparation for a VSV during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will include development of partnerships with Information Technology Specialists, planning and logistics for meetings, development and implementation of a comprehensive education plan, and the overall orchestration of a VSV.  Strategies will address the engagement of nurses and leaders amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. With strategic planning, effective change management, and the adoption of technology, MPDs may gain confidence to facilitate a Magnet Site Visit virtually or in-person.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v13n6p24

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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