www.advanceweb.com | 2018 | MAGNET EDITION 9 MAGNET EDITION  |  DESIGNATION Many nurses believe that a BSN is required to work in a Magnet hospital; this is a mis- conception, unless the facility specifically requires it. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) does, however, recommend in their Future of Nursing Initiative that organizations should attempt to have approximately 80 percent of their RNs with a BSN by the year 2020. HOW DOES MAGNET DESIGNATION HELP HOSPITALS? Studies indicate that Magnet hospitals out-perform their non-Magnet counterparts in more ways than one. We’ve already discussed nursing care, but let’s talk a little more about ‘patient satisfac- tion.’ Studies indicate that patients are more satisfied with their entire hospital experience in Magnet hospitals. Why? There could be for multiple factors. Let’s look at a couple of statistics. According to researchers, Medicare data from 1998-2010 was analyzed for patients who were hospitalized for coronary artery bypass grafting, colectomy, and lower extrem- ity bypass. The researchers assessed risk-ad- justed 30-day mortality and failure to rescue between Magnet and non-Magnet hospitals. It was found that patients in Magnet hospi- tals were 7.7 percent less likely to die within 30 days and 8.6 percent less likely to die after a complication from surgery. During this time- frame, patient outcomes were better in the Magnet hospitals than the non-Magnet hospi- tals. It is worth noting, however, that outcomes did not improve once Magnet designation was achieved, indicating that the Magnet program recognizes existing excellence. The ANCC also reports that Magnet hospi- tals have fewer patient falls, nosocomial infec- tions, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, and central line-associated bloodstream infection rates. THE BOTTOM LINE… Considering applying to work in a Magnet facility? Take a look at the benefits above. Review the hospital website. See what they’re all about. It may just be what you’re looking for. n Krystina is a 30-something RN, BSN, CDE who has worked in a variety of nursing disciplines, from telemetry to allergy/immunotherapy to most recently, diabetes education. She is also a writer and has enjoyed expanding her writing career over the past several years. She balances her careers as a nurse and a writer with being a wife and a mother. She has a four-year-old son who is an inquisitive, energetic little guy who is up for anything. She also enjoys reading, travel- ing, cooking, baking, and yoga (both practicing and teaching). References • ANCC. History of the magnet program. Retrievedfromhttps://www.nursingworld.org/ organizational-programs/magnet/history/ • ANCC. Why become magnet? Retrieved from https://www.nursingworld.org/ organizational-programs/magnet/ why-become-magnet/ • UC Davis Medical Center. Frequently asked questions about Magnet. Retrieved from https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/nurse/mag- net/faq.html • US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. (2015, June 1). Hospitals in ‘Magnet’ program show better patient out- comes on mortality measures compared to non-Magnet hospitals. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/ PMC4462174/