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Magnet can be a lifesaver
Read first-hand account of how Magnet hospitals save lives.
RNs gain support
The Magnet culture dictates fitting education into nurses' routine.
Understand Magnet nursing
Interim director discusses past and future of the Magnet program.
The Magnet difference
Experts discuss some of the unique characteristics of Magnet hospitals.
Seeking Magnet: Pros and cons
A look at some of the benefits and costs of pursuing Magnet status.
Improve patient care
Research suggests Magnet status can improve patient outcomes.
Nurses battle Hurricane Harvey
Nurses at Magnet hospitals in Houston stepped up during crisis.
Find your Magnet hospital
A breakdown by state of all the Magnet hospitals in the U.S.
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Magnet has global appeal
Hospitals in other countries are seeking Magnet recognition.
Frontline nurses take the lead
Nurses are taking on leadership roles as Magnet Champions.
RNs are at the helm
Transformational leadership plays big role in Magnet process.
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Achieve accreditation
Key steps hospitals can take to help them in the Magnet process.
Lifelong learning in nursing
Magnet program places a strong emphasis on continuing education.
Continuing education catalog
A look at courses that can help nurses on the Magnet journey.
continuing education catalog
It takes a special leader
Find out how transformational leadership leads to satisfaction.
APRNs and Magnet nursing
Magnet status can elevate nurse educational standards.
Achieve nursing excellence
Read stories of recent Magnet Nurses of the Year winners.
What being Magnet means
Learn about the continuing journey of the nation's first Magnet hospital.
When you get the Magnet call
Read testimonial from CNO of one of the newest Magnet hospitals.
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Magnet status attracts advanced practice nurses

Magnet status can elevate educational standards for nurses

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When healthcare leaders proposed the idea of Magnet® recognition for hospitals, they envisioned medical facilities that attracted the best nursing professionals, maintained excellence in patient care and upheld the highest safety standards.

Many studies show nurses who work at hospitals that are designated under the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s
Magnet Recognition Program®
typically work in happier, safer and more patient-focused facilities. Many Magnet proponents say that, in part, is because the program calls for more advanced practice registered nurses to work in Magnet hospitals, bringing a higher level of education and experience to healthcare. To date, about 9
% of the more than 6,000 hospitals in the U.S.
have received the prestigious four-year Magnet recognition. Magnet hospitals employ a large percentage of nurses with BSNs, MSNs and DNPs, highlighting the growing need for advanced practice registered nurses for the future of healthcare. Magnet supporters say the program raises the bar for nurse education in hospitals, providing more opportunities for APRNs to be directly involved in all levels of an organization.
While Magnet status alone does not require that all nurses pursue advanced degrees, nurse leaders and managers are required to have at least a baccalaureate in nursing or higher; CNOs must have at least a master’s degree and BSN. The program also provides a venue for nurses to take transformational leadership roles. Mary Mantese, DNP, RN, CNO of Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, Fla., said in
a news release
that the hospital’s Magnet status underscores its commitment by nursing staff to take on leadership roles. The hospital recently achieved Magnet status for the third time. “Magnet status amplifies the role our nearly 700 nurses play as expert clinicians, specialists and leaders who daily support our mission to provide the best patient experience with the best staff,” she said in the news release.
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Magnet elevates care standards
Nurses who work at Magnet hospitals say that commitment to education, innovation, and patient care are some of the major benefits of Magnet. Sarah Johnson, RN-BC, a relief charge nurse for neurology/orthopedics at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, MT, said working in a Magnet hospital empowered her to transform healthcare because she is now a stakeholder. “For nurses like myself, Magnet means having opportunities to be involved and feel empowered to make changes in our work environment through council membership, research projects, and education,” Johnson said in
a Jan. 10 article that appeared in the Nurse’s Notes section of the Missoulian (MT.) newspaper
. “And most importantly for nurses, it means feeling supported and having a voice within the organization.” The stronger voice comes in part from the collaborative effort to oversee nursing practice and the impact on patient care. In Magnet facilities, nurses also work with greater autonomy and participate in cooperative relationships with other healthcare providers.
Magnet attracts advanced practice nurses
Advanced practice nurses with advanced degrees such as DNPs are critical to those leadership efforts. Susan Sonson, a DNP and certified registered nurse anesthetist in Miami, authored
a July 2013 article in the journal Nursing Management
on the important role that DNP-educated APRNs play in the Magnet process. Sonson wrote in the article that DNPs are “practiced leaders” who can improve and expand outcomes across the spectrum of healthcare. Having DNPs as leaders can help management better address serious issues such as budgeting, staff retention and increased patient satisfaction, she said. “For too many years, nursing has let others determine the path of its profession; with the transition to the DNP, it's time for nursing to take charge and forge its own pathway,” Sonson wrote in the article. “As nurses, we need to speak up and control our own practice and determine our own professional pathway before someone else does.”