Dropping Magnet

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    I found this interesting. One of this regions largest health system's flagship hospital has dropped it's Magnet certification. They have been certified since 2004 and was the first hospital in the state, outside the state capital, to recive Magent certification. They have a reputation of being an early adopter of technology and practice changes.

    They have been struggling with profitability the last 3-4 years and have layed off around 200 people across the system, including all of their clinical nurse specialists and a bunch of managers.

    Cost savings is the reason given to staff. Bedside nurses are pretty much indifferent and the public doesn't seem to know or care that they had a Magnet hospital in their town.

    I wonder if this is an isolated case or if it will be a trend, or partial trend.
    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 26, '13 : Reason: spacing
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    My hospital is a few years into magnet certification. So far, I don't see the point. Things have deteriorated at the bedside since we've had it. It is costly.
    OCNRN63, Not_A_Hat_Person, KelRN215, and 3 others like this.
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    My facility applied for recertification. We get emails and memos daily on magnet stuff. Study aides and magnet preps and peps. I can't bring my self to take things like that seriously.it is really shoved down our throats. One of the emails said their application was nearly 3,000 pages. god knows what they have spent on this endeavor.
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    Well if they laid off all their CNS I don't think this is 'cutting edge' leading the way kind of stuff............they are trying to survive. Our CNS are an invaluable part of our organization.
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    OK, so one take-away is work harder, study more, obtain additional certifications, spend more of your time and money away from family / friends / hobbies... and then be the first to get fired.

    Oh, okay... I think I get it now.
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    Ha magnet. Its up there on the list of pointless, pat yourself on the back programs like Studer, AIDET, etc etc.
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    Quote from That Guy
    Ha magnet. Its up there on the list of pointless, pat yourself on the back programs...
    LOL!
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    Several of the local hospitals that had wanted to go Magnet have given up that goal. We only have 1 now. I don't think it makes any difference to patients.
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    I don't think the point was to make a difference to patients, but to make a difference to nurses they were trying to attract. Of course, this idea was conceived in the days of the "nursing shortage" when hospitals actually had to woo nurses to work there. Now, hospitals don't need to do anything extra, they have their pick of the litter.
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    Quote from klone
    I don't think the point was to make a difference to patients, but to make a difference to nurses they were trying to attract. Of course, this idea was conceived in the days of the "nursing shortage" when hospitals actually had to woo nurses to work there. Now, hospitals don't need to do anything extra, they have their pick of the litter.
    *** The irony of that is that Magnet hospitals have become the least desirable employers of last resort for lots of RNs, in particular my ICU, transport and ER friends.
    libbyliberal, OCNRN63, VICEDRN, and 9 others like this.


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