Magnet® Recognition reinforces commitment to providing nursing excellence
Woman’s Hospital has again attained Magnet® recognition, the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice, from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is shared with only 451 out of nearly 6,300 U.S. healthcare organizations. In 2006, Woman’s was the first hospital in Baton Rouge to be recognized as a Magnet® facility.
“Magnet® recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our community,” said Patricia Johnson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President, Patient Care/Chief Nursing Officer. “To earn Magnet® recognition twice was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the women and infants whom we serve.”
The Magnet® Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model comprises 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.
To achieve initial Magnet® recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. An organization reapplying for Magnet® recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet® concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.
Magnet® recognition provides specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as higher patient satisfaction, improved 30-day outcomes, exceptionally attentive nursing staff and strong job satisfaction among nurses.