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.

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.

Our journey to a three-peat continues:

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

Understanding our Professional Practice Model (PPM):

The PPM is a visual depiction of how Registered Nurses at SVMC practice, collaborate, communicate and develop professionally to provide the highest-quality care for those served by the organization. The PPM defines the foundation and components of professional nursing practice; and aligns and integrates nursing practice with our HHC mission, vision, values and philosophy of nursing.

The Interlocking Gears connectivity, strength and interdependence of the healthcare team. The human connections and collaborative partnerships are created through the relationships we develop with our patients and their families, ourselves, and our colleagues. This is reflective of our care delivery models, Relationship-Based Care and Patient and Family Centered Care. Nurses respect the knowledge and expertise of others and understand that our patients depend on the interdependence of nursing practice with other disciplines.

The Outside Purple Gear represents the drivers of rapid and continual change. To achieve exceptional outcomes, we must have the knowledge and skills required to respond to changes that result in new public policy, evidence-based practice and research and technology. Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable and informed, using information technology for research and taking care into their own hands. Engaging consumers in decisions about their care results in cost effective care and safe outcomes.

The Inner White Circle represents our most valuable resource-the people. Our partners in care are patients, families, colleagues and community members. The foundation of our PPM is based on relationships we develop with our patients and their families, self, and colleagues to understand the other's experience, creating a caring and healing environment.

The Inner Gears represent SVMC Nursing Core Values. The gears in motion represent the dynamic healthcare environment in which registered nurses practice.

The Inner Blue Circle represents our model of care delivery, Relationship-Based Care (RBC). RBC is a philosophy that is based on honoring and respecting your relationships with your patients, your co-workers, and yourself. The three guiding principles of RBC is care of self, care for colleagues, and care of the patient and family, thereby creating a culture of patient and family centered care. The RBC model assists registered nurses to deliver safe, efficient, and quality care. RBC principles are applied through a structured process and work is performed at the unit practice council level to ensure engagement from direct care nurses and other staff.