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TrueNorth Award Application: The Best Advice

Posted by Kristen Edmunds on Sep 20, 2017 1:29:38 PM

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As the only accredited credentialing program for perioperative registered nurses, CNOR certification is the gold standard. Earning the CNOR credential is a mark of distinction and a highly sought after personal and professional accomplishment. CNOR-certified nurses are committed to providing the highest quality care to their surgical patients. 

In 2013, CCI developed the TrueNorth Award to recognize organizations that use CNOR certification as a “true north” to guide their perioperative nursing staff to be lifelong learners, models of competent practice, and advocates for patient safety excellence. This award is the among the highest honors bestowed upon a perioperative department, with prizes totaling $5,000. The TrueNorth Award includes five CNOR exam fee vouchers, funds for a facility celebratory reception, a commemorative recognition plaque, and more.

Interested in applying but not sure where to begin? To assist applicants, CCI has broken the process down into five simple steps.

Step 1 - Familiarize yourself with the eligibility requirements and application categories

All health care organizations that employ CNOR-certified nurses or have certified nurses as members and/or representatives are eligible to apply for this award. The only ineligible organizations are those which employ CCI Board of Directors or staff.

The TrueNorth application includes four categories: workforce statistics (20 points), letters of endorsement (10 points), rewards and recognition (30 points), and impact of certification (40 points). Letters from the organization's Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Director of Surgical Services may be attached to your application. All other information will need to be included in the body of the application itself. 

Step 2 - Begin gathering resources and organizing thoughts in Word document

Since the TrueNorth application is thorough, and may require some time to gather resources and information, we suggest you begin the application in a Word document. This will allow you to easily organize, edit, and review the information you would like to include in your submitted application, without risking an improper or incomplete submission. 

Step 3 - Methodically move through the categories

Take into consideration the weight of each category, the specific strengths represented by your facility, and which categories require the most work such as gathering workforce statistics or letters of endorsement. Ensure you have enough time to submit a complete and in-depth application by creating personal deadlines for each item included in the application. 

Step 4 - Be transparent and concise in responses

Each section on the application has a specific limit to the number of characters you may include in your response, so word count is key. It is very important to remember the only information you will be evaluated on must be contained within the application and supporting documents. The review board will not know about the programs and practices in place within your facility if you do not speak to them. 

Step 5 - Connect the dots

Once you have gathered the required information and organized your thoughts, take one final review to connect the dots. Considering the goals of projects and procedures in place, demonstrate results by collecting data and calculating statistics to show the impact of your facility’s efforts.

Once you have completed these five steps, review and proof your complete application. You are scored for spelling and grammar, and you want to ensure your application is truthful, accurate, and clear to understand-- maximizing your chances for success.

For more information about the TrueNorth Award, as well as a list of past winners, please visit our website. As always, CCI is happy to assist you further and may be reached Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm MT at (303)369-9566. Best of luck on your application!

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