Basically they are a handful of hospitals that have received an the ANA's highest credentialing award for their committment to their nursing staff, inclusion of nurses in the decisions and formulation of hospital policies that affect the nurses practice & their jobs, foster an atmosphere of respect for nurses and truly value them. There are only 42 such award-winning facilities in the whole country - only 1 in NYC - Long Island Jewish Hospital. These facilities have better staffing ratios, better pt outcomes, no mandatory ot, and usually a waiting list of RNs who want to work there. Because of their attitude towards nurses, the improved work environment & management practices that show nurses they valued and respected, these hospitals generally are not experiencing any trouble finding & retaining RNs even though other facilities all around them have nursing shortages. NJ has the most winners of this award....
In 1982, the American Academy of Nursing's Task Force on Nursing Practice in Hospitals conducted a study of 41 hospitals to identify and describe variables that created an environment that attracted and retained well-qualified nurses who promoted quality patient care through providing excellence in nursing services. These institutions were called "magnet" hospitals and served as "magnets" to attract and retain professional nurses who experienced a high degree of professional and personal satisfaction through their practice. Over the past decade, hospital nursing service utilization, of the results of the 1982 magnet study, has been evident in many creative changes and innovations in nursing systems.
The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program for Excellence in Nursing Service was established in 1993. It is the highest level of recognition that the American Nurses Credentialing Center can accord to organized nursing services in health care organizations.
This program provides a framework to recognize excellence in:
1. the management philosophy and practices of nursing services;
2. adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care;
3. leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice and continued competence of nursing personnel;
4. and attention to the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients and their significant others, as well as the care providers in the system.
This recognition indicates excellence in nursing services, development of a professional milieu, and growth and development of nursing staff. The baseline for the program is the Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators(ANA, 1996). The magnet recognition status is valid for a four-year period, after which the recipient must reapply.......>>>>>>>
For more info, see: http://www.ana.org/ancc/magnet/magnet2.htm