Four Hospitals Awarded Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the nation's leading credentialing organization, has awarded its Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services designation to Children's Memorial Medical Center (Chicago, IL), North Shore University Hospital (Manhassett, NY), St. Luke's Regional Medical Center (Boise, ID), and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX). There are currently forty-three health care organizations in the United States that have received this distinguished designation.
"The ANCC identifies those institutions that act as a 'magnet' by creating a work environment that recognizes and rewards professional nursing," said Linda D. Urden, DNSc, RN, CNA,BC, ANCC magnet recognition program chair. Urden continues, "It is the highest level of recognition that the ANCC can accord to nursing services in healthcare organizations.
Magnet recognition is especially important given the current nursing shortage. According to Michelle Stephenson, RN, chief nurse executive of Children's Memorial Medical Center, "Our nursing vacancy rate is very low at 2.8 percent, compared to the national average of 11 percent. This is especially important since a nursing shortage is apt to more severely impact pediatric hospitals and other specialty types of care, where there is less flexibility regarding staffing than at general hospitals." Children's Memorial Medical Center is the first pediatric organization, and the first health care organization in the state of Illinois to receive Magnet designation.
Children's Memorial Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, and University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center join a distinguished list of Magnet designated organizations, which includes Mayo-Rochester Hospital (Rochester, MN), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA) and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick, NJ). The recognition lasts four years.
ANCC's Magnet designation is achieved after successfully completing a process where by a team of professionals with experience in quality indicators, nursing administration, and nursing care appraises a hospital's nursing services, clinical outcomes, and patient care delivery as defined in the American Nurses Association's Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators. The appraisers not only review traditional "nurse-sensitive" indicators, but also conduct extensive interviews that help evaluate the management philosophy and advocacy practice of the Chief Nurse Executive with respect to the patient, family, community and nursing services.