Magnet® designation has been shown to be a cost-effective strategy resulting in improved patient, staff, and organizational outcomes. Achieving this designation requires an organization to successfully progress through developmental levels on their journey to excellence. Part 1 of this article describes a 4-level developmental model that is applied to each of the Magnet components. Part 2 will discuss a 5-step developmental process and leadership strategies for developing a unit or department through the various levels.
Author Affiliations: Professor and Former Chair of the Commission on Magnet (Dr Wolf), University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Senior Vice President of Operations (Dr Finlayson), Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland; Director of Professional Practice (Ms Hayden) and Vice President Patient Care (Ms Hoolahan), UPMC Passavant Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Chief Nursing Officer (Dr Mazzoccoli), Bon Secours Health System, Baltimore, Maryland.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Wolf, University of Pittsburgh, 4500 Victoria St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (firstname.lastname@example.org).