What is a Magnet Designation?

Magnet is the highest level of recognition a hospital can achieve for excellence in nursing and is considered the gold standard in the nursing world. Although Magnet recognition is awarded for excellence in nursing services, its benefits extend to the patient and the organization. A Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing practices, quality patient care and excellent clinical outcomes.

What is the History of the Magnet Recognition Program?

During the nursing shortage of the 1980’s, the American Academy of Nursing conducted a national research study to identify hospitals that had high retention rates and were able to recruit nurses despite the nursing shortage (McClure, Poulin, Sovie, & Wandelt, 2002). The study identified organizational and nursing administration characteristics that could be responsible for success. The hospitals selected as Magnet hospitals demonstrated the following characteristics:

  • The Chief Nurse Executive was a member of the highest decision-making body in the organization.
  • Decision-making related to staffing and patient care included staff nurses at the nursing unit level.
  • Administration supported the nurses’ decisions regarding patient care.
  • Good communication existed between nurses and physicians.
  • There was evidence of enhanced patient and nurse outcomes.

In 1991 the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) was established to provide a formal process known as the Magnet Recognition Program to which hospitals could apply to be recognized as a Center of Nursing Excellence.

How are organizations measured for the Magnet designation?

Organizations that show full expression and representation of the Magnet framework are awarded this prestigious certification.  The Magnet framework is comprised of four key standards:

  • Transformational Leadership: we embrace leadership development with a focus on mentoring, advocacy and strategic planning
  • Structural Empowerment: we embrace lifelong learning and demonstrate professional collaboration, role development, academic achievement and career advancement.
  • Exemplary Professional Practice: we embrace professional practice standards that seek high quality outcomes and are inter-professional, effective, and efficient and patient centered.
  • New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvement:  we embrace clinical and operational processes that integrate evidence based practice and research.

Our journey to a three-peat continues:

  • Original Designation – 2012
  • First Redesignation – 2018
  • Next submission – Scheduled for October, 2022

The Magnet framework has four key standards:

  • Transformational Leadership: we embrace leadership development with a focus on mentoring, advocacy and strategic planning
  • Structural Empowerment: we embrace lifelong learning and demonstrate professional collaboration, role development, academic achievement and career advancement.
  • Exemplary Professional Practice: we embrace professional practice standards that seek high quality outcomes and are inter-professional, effective, and efficient and patient centered.
  • New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvement:  we embrace clinical and operational processes that integrate evidence based practice and research.

At SVMC, these standards are present in how we care for our patients, our community and each other. This culture of excellence is intertwined in our nursing structure, the processes we practice and the outcomes we strive to achieve.

Understanding our Professional Practice Model:

  • The PPM is a visual depiction of how Registered Nurses at SVMC practice, collaborate, communicate and develop professionally.
  • The nurses of SVMC created this display.
  • At the center, are the patients and families we care for.
  • Together and in synchrony, we strive to provide the highest quality of care.
  • The interlocking gears within and around this wheel are elements that comprise our quality of care.