Contents
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.
Magnet recognition - Image of globe
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.
Free CE: Novice to expert
Build your expertise by adding to your skills and experience.
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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By Robert G. Hess Jr.

PhD, RN, FAAN
PhD, RN, FAAN Executive vice president and chief clinical executive
Three days before my dad’s death-defying admission to a Magnet® hospital, I was standing on a platform, handing out awards to physicians who had been chosen as “best docs” by nurses in their facilities.
I joked with one chief nurse and her best doc, a hospitalist, that I hoped they’d keep their facility in tiptop shape in case my parents, who at the time had a condo on the nearby New Jersey shore, ever needed it. How ironic that a few days later I would be in their hospital, thanking that hospitalist and praising the nursing staff for saving my dad’s life. I can testify that my dad had a seamless hospital experience, marked by a world-class nursing staff that was ranked as a Magnet hospital by the
American Nurses Credentialing Center
. Throughout a long weekend, those nurses kept my family involved with dad’s progress through flexible visiting hours, countless phone calls and e-mails — even in the middle of the night. Meanwhile, my father-in-law had his own close encounter with death at another Magnet hospital where he struggled with a left ventricle perfused by a mostly clogged coronary artery. He too stumbled through days of chancy survival amongst a whirlwind of healthcare providers as he laid near death in a critical care unit. Fortunately, with the help of a different team of world-class Magnet nurses, he made it.
Do you think I see value in the ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program®? You bet I do.
We analyze the value
Magnet facilities carry the burden of doing these great things every day through countless encounters. It’s a heady status and provides plenty of material for the editorial staff at Nurse.com to explore.
In this digital edition, we weigh the pros and cons for pursuing and maintaining Magnet designation. We examine the accreditation process and journey, and how it stipulates educational requirements for the organization’s nurses. We feature the amazing work of nurses at Houston Magnet hospitals during Hurricane Harvey. We also examine the benefits of Magnet in terms of improved patient outcomes. Finally, we hear testimonials from nurses and hospital executives on what the Magnet program has meant to them.
"I can testify that my dad had a seamless hospital experience, marked by a world-class nursing staff that was ranked as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center."
— Robert G. Hess Jr., RN
Thanks to the folks at the Magnet hospitals
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
in Atlantic City, N.J., and at
Abington Hospital
, Jefferson Health, Abington, Pa., my dad lived many more years to root for the Philadelphia Eagles, and my father-in-law was able to continue his own world-class status as a birder. Many of us and our families will need a hospital in our future. When evaluating those organizations in our neighborhood, we might have a choice. I know that I do, and I will ask to be taken right to the nearest Magnet facility.
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EDITOR'S NOTE:
Robert G. Hess Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, is founder and CEO of the Forum for Shared Governance.
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