Evidence suggests that Magnet and non-Magnet hospitals
differ with respect to quality of care.
Our study examined registered nurse (RN) staffing
over time in Magnet and non-Magnet hospitals
using unit-level, publicly available data in New Jersey.
A secondary analysis of longitudinal RN staffing
data was conducted using mandated, publicly reported data of 64 hospitals
representing 12 nursing specialties
across 8 years (2008-2015). Staffing
ratios were trended over time to compare RN staffing
changes in Magnet and non-Magnet hospitals
was comparable in Magnet and non-Magnet hospitals
for 9 of 12 specialties. On average, from 2008 until 2015, RN staffing
slightly increased, with a greater percent increase in Magnet hospitals
(6.9%) than in non-Magnet hospitals
Over 8 years in New Jersey, RN staffing
improved in Magnet and non-Magnet hospitals
. Although there was a slight increase for Magnet hospitals
, there was no meaningful difference in staffing
for all 12 specialties.