What is Magnet?
Magnet recognition is a coveted designation to recognize excellence in nursing care. This helps hospitals attract and retain quality employees and it helps patients find healthcare organizations with a demonstrated level of quality.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation's largest nursing accrediting and credentialing organization, created and administers the program. The application process has four phases:
- Submission of Written Documentation and Evaluation
- Site Visit
- Evaluation at the Magnet Program Office
The application process involves intense coordination, documentation and teamwork. At Lancaster General Health it was a tremendous opportunity for the nurses and the entire staff to cooperate toward a common goal.
Hospitals that receive Magnet designation must meet a stringent set of 14 standards of care and practice (with 95 different criteria), including categories such as clinical skill and leadership. When and if Magnet status is awarded, it is granted for a four-year period. Lancaster General Health achieved Magnet designation in 2002. As of January 2004, Lancaster General Health is one of only 88 of the country's 4,908 community hospitals to become Magnet certified.
How Does Magnet Benefit Patients?
- When patients see that a hospital has achieved Magnet Designation, it is a sign that the hospital has achieved excellence in nursing services, as awarded by an independent nursing organization. Magnet hospitals recruit and retain talented nurses because nurses recognize the opportunities and excellence present in a Magnet facility. In turn, research shows that a hospital with high-quality nurses is more likely to attract high-quality physicians and specialists. With a team of talented medical professionals, patients can expect to be cared for by knowledgeable and caring individuals.
- Magnet hospitals provide opportunities for nurses to learn and develop professionally, helping to create a positive, upbeat environment.
- Magnet hospitals demonstrate teamwork. Achieving Magnet Designation is no simple task. For a hospital to earn this honor, it takes months of hard work and cooperation between all hospital departments. It is truly a celebration of nursing, but it also indicates a hospital that functions well as a team.
- Magnet hospitals must meet standards of excellence established by the ANCC. These standards promote high-quality patient care. Magnet designation demonstrates a standard of care worthy of national commendation.
- Studies show that Magnet hospitals have higher levels of patient satisfaction and lower mortality and complication rates.
For more information, call 717-544-5511 or visit the American Nurses Credentialing Center.