The Magnet® Olympics was another fun way to test our staff’s Magnet Readiness in preparation for the Magnet Recognition Program® Site Visit on December 4, 5 and 6, 2013.
The kick-off opening event on October 10, 2013, included HackensackUMC Board Member Ro Sorce who gave encouraging words, and Keynote Speaker Larry Barr, who likewise gave moving, strong and motivational words to never quit and to keep striving for excellence. The Magnet Olympics team gave an explanation of the games as well.
The “games” were four weeks – from October 16 through November 10 – of 10 questions that tested the inpatient and outpatient nursing staff’s Magnet knowledge and readiness. The teams with the most correct answers received medals. The units who won were Pediatric Pulmonology, 4 St. John, Coronary Care Unit (CCU) and Women’s and Children’s Antepartum.
Prior to the closing ceremonies, there were play-offs on November 12, 2013 where these top four teams had a final set of questions to answer. Guest speaker from the New York Football Giants, Mathias Kiwanuka, whose mother is a nurse, spoke about how much he respects the nursing profession and honored what they do. There was also question and answer after, some relating football to nursing.
At the Closing Ceremonies on November 14, 2013, the three gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded.
The Magnet Olympics was in addition to the other ways we prepared for the site visit. Other routes were Magnet Monday Mania, rounding, Magnet Champions and so forth.
Special thanksto Patti Orlak, RN, Nurse Manager, 3 Pavilion West, and Keri Fitzpatrick RN, Nurse Manager, 5 Pavilion East, for their outstanding leadership in guiding and planning the Magnet Olympics. Thank you to the members of the Magnet Olympics Steering Committee: Oscar Acosta, RN; Denyse Addison, RN; Nicole Argenzia, RN; Kathleen Cocozzo, RN; Nancy Corrales, RN; Barbara Crowley, RN; Dionne Dixon, Ph.D.; Claudia Douglas, RN; Ashley Eddings; Lisa Failace, RN; and Taneika Spence.