Magnet designation exists for three reasons:
1-For an additional PR marketing tool for the hospital.
2-A way for the ANCC to rake in piles of cash.
3-For management to engage in a self-congratulatory circle jerk while staff nurses are overburdened with additional paperwork, the same ****** working conditions, and remain as the facility's go to scapegoat.
If hospitals spent the same amount of time and money they waste getting magnet status, to actually improve working conditions, care would improve, and happy nurses make happy patients. Word spreads fast. They wouldn't even have to spend money advertising.
I know, after going through (and getting) the process of magnet designation with my current employer, I will be avoiding magnet hospitals from here on out. It's a sign that the hospital cares more about PR than nursing. What a waste of time and money.
Last edit by sirI on Dec 5, '11