Journal of Nursing Administration:
Departments: Magnet(R) Perspectives
Author Affiliation: Director, Magnet Recognition Program®, American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, Maryland.
The author declares no conflict of interest.
Correspondence: Mr Luzinski, American Nurses Credentialing Center, 8515 Georgia Ave, Suite 400, Silver Springs, MD 20910 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In this monthly department, sponsored by the Magnet Recognition Program®, updates will be provided on news and initiatives, research findings, Magnet® Model components, and best practices among Magnet hospitals. This month, the author provides an overview of the Magnet Recognition Program.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA). We are delighted to announce that JONA will become the official leadership journal of the Magnet Recognition Program®. In addition to the timely, peer-reviewed articles that you have come to expect in JONA, each issue will feature an article about the Magnet Recognition Program.
What Is the Magnet Recognition Program?
ANCC Magnet Recognition is the highest and most prestigious international credential a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient care. It is not a prize or award-it is a performance-driven recognition credential that brings both external prestige and wide-ranging internal benefits. With only 8% of US hospitals Magnet® recognized and only 5 hospitals recognized outside the United States, it is clearly the gold standard.
In addition to quality improvement and nurse practice development as important components of the Journey to Magnet Excellence™, the benefits of pursuing and achieving recognition are far more wide-ranging. It is a challenging, intensive process that requires a fundamental culture shift throughout a healthcare organization. The redesignation process demands continued excellence. Magnet hospitals must sustain their standards of excellence and demonstrate outstanding outcomes in patient care and clinical practice moving forward.
A growing body of research-including some of the independently peer-reviewed research published in JONA-supports multiple, measurable benefits of Magnet status beyond quality improvement. These benefits include improved safety; increased nurse engagement, satisfaction, and retention; better service and higher patient satisfaction; higher measurable financial return; and improved patient outcomes.
Innovative Changes Improve Service
Although the Magnet program is more than 20 years old, it constantly evolves to reflect evidence-based changes in nursing practice and the work environment. The program standards are based on evidence, and changes to the process and structure reflect how the Magnet program office listens to its customers. Here are some recent customer-driven changes we have made to improve service and communication:
* A new and improved Web site. The site was redesigned based on feedback from users and features a more streamlined layout and simpler navigation tools. The Magnet home page includes quick and easy access to the list of Magnet-recognized hospitals, frequently asked questions, manual updates, products and services, application information, events and conferences, and much more! Check it out at www.nursecredentialing.org
* Magnet Learning Communities. To enhance dissemination of best practices, share new knowledge, and quickly communicate research findings, ANCC is launching a Web-based learning community for the Magnet Recognition Program. The communities provide evidentiary structure, process, and outcome exemplars in each of the Magnet model components: transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations, and improvements; and empirical outcomes. In the future, participants will be able to review the latest research and discuss current topics with thought leaders and recognized nursing experts. A 2010 pilot of 21 Magnet hospitals confirmed the value of this idea exchange, with its potential to speed adoption of new practices by increasing accessibility to innovations and knowledge emerging in Magnet organizations daily.
* IOM recommendations. ANCC has completed a crosswalk between the IOM recommendations on the future of nursing1 and the Magnet sources of evidence.2 CNOs from 40 Magnet organizations, led by Carol Porter, DNP, RN, chief nursing officer at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, volunteered to provide examples of current initiatives addressing the IOM recommendations, how the outcomes of the work will be measured, and the Magnet sources of evidence supporting their efforts.3 ANCC will share these best practices through the Magnet Learning Communities, journal publications, webinars, presentations, and e-mail.
Sharing Research and New Knowledge
In leading initiatives to improve the structures and framework of nursing practice, Magnet organizations are reaching new heights in patient outcomes. They are also high performers in nurse satisfaction and patient care quality. To achieve and maintain Magnet status, they must demonstrate evidence of superior outcomes at all levels. Research from the study of Magnet environments clearly shows the relationship between these outcomes and a culture that focuses on nurse autonomy, collaboration, education, and a professional practice environment. An exciting result is that the Magnet community is now global, as healthcare organizations around the world want to learn more about the road map to excellence and how they can use it to improve their systems and outcomes.
Currently, there is a wide gap between the discovery of new knowledge and its incorporation into practice. Improved communication and dissemination are key. As our nation's healthcare system shifts from treating sickness to managing health, knowledge exchange will be critical. ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program is focused on finding ways to quickly share research findings and new knowledge that organizations can translate into practice. Given that innovation is essential to moving nursing practice forward, sharing knowledge and disseminating breakthrough practices will enable us to deliver the best care we can and shape the future of health care.
1. Application Manual Magnet Recognition Program. Silver Springs, MD: American Nurses Credentialing Center. 2008:19-23.
2. Institute of Medicine. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2011.
3. Morgan S. Magnet learning communities. J Nurs Care Qual. 2011;26(3):197-198.
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