On a national level, sources directed at consumers, such as US News & World Report, utilize Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its annual assessment of almost 5000 hospitals to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties.1 This year, 12 of the 17 medical centers on the exclusive US News Best Hospitals in America Honor Roll, and all 12 of the US News Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll, are ANCC Magnet-recognized organizations.1 In the Leapfrog Hospital survey, the nation’s oldest survey comparing hospital performance in safety, quality, and efficiency, Magnet designation automatically earns full credit for Safe Practice #9 Nursing Workforce.1 This section scores hospitals on their commitment to staffing with highly trained nurses and putting nurses in leadership positions, allowing for substantial input on patient safety issues.1
Today’s healthcare industry is complex, challenging, and ever evolving. To keep pace in the highly competitive marketplace, research indicates healthcare organizations must consistently evaluate their nurse work environment, retention rates, practice protocols, and organizational outcomes. Moreover, they must be more demanding of themselves than their consumers. Leaders in Magnet-recognized organizations are well positioned to advance the enculturation of these fundamental principles. They must guide the philosophy and support the innovative processes that provide the framework for transformation that advances them to new levels of service and sustainability. As national imperatives to improve the quality and safety of the delivery of healthcare move forward, the Magnet Recognition Program will continue to endorse the criterion standard for nursing environments, patient care, and organizational outcomes—1 Magnet-recognized organization at a time.
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