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Business Case for Magnet® in a Small Hospital

Higdon, Karen DNP, RN; Clickner, Deborah DNP, RN, NE-BC; Gray, Frances DNP, RN; Woody, Gina DNP, RN; Shirey, Maria PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN

Journal of Nursing Administration: February 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 2 - p 113–118
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31827f2208

There is minimal evidence related to Magnet® designation and the benefits in small hospitals. A business strategy for small hospitals (<100 beds) to achieve Magnet designation is presented, including a cost-benefit analysis, outcome measures, and financial impact data.

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Author Affiliations: Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer (Dr Higdon), Baptist Hospital Northeast, La Grange, Kentucky; Associate Director, Patient Care/Nurse Executive (Dr Clickner), Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center, Rhode Island; Nurse Case Manager, Warrior Transition Unit (Dr Gray), McDonald Army Health Center, FT Eustis, Virginia; Clinical Assistant Professor (Dr Woody), East Carolina University College of Nursing, Greenville, North Carolina; Associate Professor (Dr Shirey), DNP Program, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Higdon, Baptist Hospital Northeast, Hospital Administration, 1025 New Moody Lane, La Grange, KY 40031 (

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