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A Remarkable Journey: Why the Magnet Recognition Program® Continues to Resonate Today

Poulin, Muriel EdD, RN, FAAN

Journal of Nursing Administration: February 2017 - Volume 47 - Issue 2 - p 72–73
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000440
Departments: Magnet® Perspectives

It has been more than 30 years since an enterprising team of American Academy of Nursing researchers unearthed groundbreaking findings that led to the creation of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®. Dr Muriel Poulin, EdD, RN, FAAN, a coauthor of the original Magnet® hospital study, recalls how she and her colleagues opted to take their research in a different direction and address pressing questions that spoke directly to the needs and desires of staff nurses. She shares her thoughts on why the Magnet Recognition Program continues to resonate today. Dr Poulin was inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame in 2016.

Author Affiliation: Retired, ANA-Maine Member, American Academy of Nursing Fellow and Living Legend.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Muriel Poulin, 49 Indian Ledge Dr, Springvale, ME 04083 (

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