>>Re: UHM ADN->BSN program cancelled
Queens -> Going for Magnet status at the time of your clinicals.
There was motivation there... motivation from the hospital. I guarantee you that, minus the hospital driven motivation... the nurses would be no different at Queens than Kuakini.<<
It does the nurses at hospitals other than Queens a vast disservice to think that, because Queens now has the Magnet designation, the nurses at the other hospitals are somehow inferior or lacking in initiative/skills/etc.
It simply is not so, not by any stretch of the imagination.
I guess technically speaking Queens was "awarded" the designation but it came with a hefty price tag. Fees for application and appraisal cost over $45K, to start, for a facility the size of Queens. So if a hospital does not have the money for the fees (and more) or chooses not to spend its funds in such a manner it is no reflection on the quality of its nurses.
The cost of going through the "Magnet Journey" continues to grow above and beyond the initial application fees. Overtime, pre-evaluation consultants, and much more add to the final tally. If there was a level playing field in the awarding of the designation I think it would mean a lot more. I'm not saying that the Magnet designation can be bought but let's face it---if a hospital does not have the substantial cash outlay necessary to embark on the "Magnet Journey" their ship is never going to leave the dock. Yes, many nurses at Queens put in a lot of effort towards attaining the Magnet designation but it would have gone nowhere without the bankroll.
Public perception being what it is, though, will lead to unfair judgment of nurses and nursing care at non-Magnet hospitals. That's just wrong.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association came out with a position paper regarding Magnet status that voices some interesting opinions:
And the schedule of fees payable to ANCC (bear in mind that the fees are just part of the costs incurred):