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Magnet® Recognition

What Is Magnet® Recognition?

magnet logoThe 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.

Magnet at Washington Hospital

Washington Hospital Professional Practice Model

The Washington Hospital Professional Practice Model includes five components: (1) Evidence-based Practice; (2) Professional Practice; (3) Interprofessional Relationships; (4) Advocacy; and (5) the Patient/Family.

The Washington Hospital Professional Practice Model (PPM) supports our Mission, Values, and the Patient First Ethic. The PPM reflects principles from Marie Manthey’s Relationship-Based Care and focuses on the needs of the patient and family.

To care for our patients and families we:

  • Engage in professional practice, abide to the legal scope of the nursing profession, uphold professional standards of nursing, and support the American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics.
  • Evaluate published research findings and provide care based on evidence-based practice.
  • Commit to support the interprofessional relationship and work as a team to care for patients.
  • Advocate for our patient, their beliefs, needs, autonomy and self-determination.

This model exemplifies the nursing culture at Washington Hospital and the positive impact nurses seek to have on patient outcomes, patient safety, quality of care, patient satisfaction, and staff satisfaction.

More About Magnet Recognition

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 are demonstrated.

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