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Pursuing Magnet® Designation as a System or as Individual Entities: What Is the Right Decision?

Jenkins, Marjorie PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE; Fields, Bonnie PhD, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: April 2011 - Volume 41 - Issue 4 - p 172-178
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31821184ff

When leaders of a system decide to pursue Magnet® designation, a required high-stake decision is whether to pursue this designation as a system or individual entities in the system. To assist leaders to make the best decision, the authors evaluate the pros and cons of system versus single-entity pursuit of Magnet status to assist a system chief nursing officer to determine if the risk is worth the gain.

Author Affiliations: Director, Nursing/Magnet® Program Director (Dr Jenkins), Moses Cone Health System, Greensboro, North Carolina; Assistant Professor (Dr Fields), School of Nursing, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro.

Correspondence: Dr Jenkins, Moses Cone Health System, 501 North Elam Ave, Greensboro, NC 27403 (

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.