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SwedishAmerican’s Nursing Excellence Recognized with Prestigious Magnet® Recognition
September 21, 2015
SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. With this credential, SwedishAmerican joins the Magnet community—a select group of 378 healthcare organizations (out of nearly 6,000 healthcare organizations nationwide).
“Achieving this designation validates the excellent care that is provided to our patients,” says Chief Nursing Officer Ann Gantzer, PhD, RN. “The nurses at our organization use research and evidence-based practice to ensure that care is provided at the highest level. At SwedishAmerican, the staff nurses create the professional environment in which they practice. I am so proud to work with this amazing group of nurses and staff. This is truly a deserved recognition.”
Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care. To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff.
The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.
In particular, the Magnet model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.
Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:
•Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information
•Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue
•Higher job satisfaction among nurses
•Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position
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