8 MAGNET EDITION | 2018 | www.advanceweb.com A s healthcare providers, we hear a lot of talk about ‘patient satisfaction’, ‘patient outcomes’, ‘evidence-based practice’, and ‘quality of care.’ However, as nurses, some days this talk can be exhaust- ing – we just want to come in and do our shift without any forced overtime and proper staffing. Enter Magnet designation. Approximately 8% of U.S. hospitals achieve Magnet designation, which equates to 482 hospitals nationwide. But what is Magnet designation, and what does it mean to our patients and staff? WHAT IS MAGNET DESIGNATION? According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), “The Magnet Recognition Program® provides a roadmap to advance nursing excellence, with contented staff at its core.” The ANCC was created in June of 1990. At the end of that year, the Magnet Hospital Recognition Program for Excellence in Nursing Services was created in response to a 1983 study, which indicated that institutions that promoted positive work environments attracted well-qualified nurses – and retained them – promoting quality patient care. This led to the term “Forces of Magnetism” being coined as a way to describe positive nurs- ing care, which ultimately led to Magnet designation. Now that this program has been underway for almost 30 years, more hospitals are desir- ing to receive Magnet designation. According to the ANCC website, “By becoming Magnet® recognized organizations empower nurses to reach their true potential. When a healthcare organization earns Magnet status, it garners more than external prestige, it demonstrates to the world that it’s an organization that rec- ognizes the invaluable potential of nurses to lead healthcare change.” WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BECOME A MAGNET HOSPITAL? In many hospitals, the culture is to pro- mote patient satisfaction. Of course, this is important – to an extent. Likely, we went into healthcare to help people to provide excellent healthcare by doing all of many things that nurses do. But sometimes, we can’t make patients happy, despite our best attempts. In a Magnet hospital, of course the cul- ture is to provide care that is going to make our patients happy. But it also pro- vides the designation to hospitals that have quality patient outcomes. According to UC Davis Medical Center, research indicates that Magnet facilities have the best “qual- ity of care.” Benefits for nurses include: • High job satisfaction • Low job turnover rates • A culture that focuses on improving patient outcomes • Professional growth by educational opportunities • Focus on professional autonomy • Interdisciplinary collaboration • Leadership opportunities Magnet Designation The honor remains as a nursing gold standard By Krystina Ostermeyer RN, BSN, CDE ISTOCK DESIGNATION  |  MAGNET EDITION