What Is Magnet® Recognition?
The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations
for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional
nursing practice. Achieving Magnet status is the highest level of honor
awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is recognized
nationally as the “gold standard” of nursing excellence.
How many Magnet-recognized hospitals are in the United States?
According to ANCC, Magnet hospitals enjoy “higher percentage of
satisfied RNs, lower RN turnover and vacancy, improved clinical outcomes
and improved patient satisfaction.” Currently, 437 hospitals (approximately
7 percent of all registered hospitals in the United States) have achieved
ANCC Magnet Recognition status.
What does Magnet recognition mean to patients?
In today’s world, patients are much more educated and are seeking
objective benchmarks that will aid them in choosing a health care provider.
Hospitals with Magnet designation provide patients and their families
with a benchmark by which to measure the quality of care they can expect
to receive. The “Magnet” name helps patients identify hospitals
where they can expect to receive quality nursing care.
What does Magnet recognition mean to nurses and the hospital?
Magnet recognition means that a “Magnet culture” has been
created within the organization. This encourages the nurse to flourish
as a professional, focuses on professional autonomy, decision-making at
the bedside, involves nursing in determining the nurse work environment,
provides professional education and promotes leadership. Magnet recognition
means that collaborative working relationships are fostered. Teamwork
and positive relationships among different departments and disciplines
Magnet designation improves the quality of patient outcomes. Research shows
that Magnet hospitals consistently provide the highest quality of care.
The standards that Magnet hospitals must attain through this program are
rigorous and they demand continual improvement. Nurses at Magnet hospitals
consistently outperform non-Magnet organizations with better patient outcomes
and report higher patient satisfaction rates. Magnet hospitals report
increased nurse retention and increased rates of job satisfaction. This
can only be accomplished with the support and participation of all of
the departments and employees in the health system that places the patient
first and foremost in the mission of their daily work.
What’s in it for nurses?
- A culture that focuses on improving patient outcomes
- Professional growth and development by educational opportunities and support
- A structure that encourages decision-making at the bedside over clinical issues
- High job satisfaction
- An environment that recognizes and rewards competence
- Low turnover and vacancy rates
- Focus on professional autonomy
- Enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration
- Professional growth opportunities
- Leadership opportunities
- Opportunity to practice professional nursing with strong interdisciplinary
teamwork that support autonomous practice of nursing
- A culture that supports you to be the best nurse you can be