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  1. Cobb, Susan PhD, RN-BC
  2. Wolf, Kathleen MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
  3. Shine, Christa BSN, RN
  4. Jadwin, Anne MSN, RN, AOCN(R), NE-BC


As part of the Magnet(R) application process, chief nurse executives (CNEs) are challenged to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of a Professional Practice Model (PPM) and include clinical nurses in this process. A focus group approach is a way to meet dual goals of evaluating the PPM and involving clinical nurses in the research process. The article describes how a focus group approach can be used effectively to identify themes and highlight the role of the CNE. In addition, the PPM resulted in revisions based on clinical nurse input.