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Our Journey to Magnet Status

Our journey toward Magnet has put Nemours nurses in the Delaware Valley well on the way to achieving these goals — and ultimately will result in an exemplary professional nursing practice that will lead to the best possible patient outcomes, national recognition for excellence in pediatric nursing, and the creation of an environment that attracts and retains high-quality nurses.

Nemours nurses in Florida have just begun their own journey toward Magnet, so be sure to check back for updates on their progress as well.

Exemplary Professional Practice

Magnet® organizations exhibit expertise and attitude that goes beyond excellence — they are role models. Nurses at Nemours have an abiding understanding of the importance of their role, which guides interactions with patients, families, physicians, administrators, colleagues and the broader community. Nemours nurses have helped transform what it means for a doctor to visit with patients and their families; refocused hospital rounds on the families who know children best; and have taken initiative to earn specialty certifications and Advanced Practice degrees.

As part of their commitment to exemplary professional practice, Nemours nurses also share their knowledge through presentations and publications on the local and national level.

About Magnet

What does it mean to be a Magnet organization?

Established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the term Magnet has become synonymous with nursing excellence.

Organizations that are awarded Magnet status must exhibit a visible and documentable commitment to expertise, collaboration and a nursing environment that is both professionally and personally rewarding.

There are five global nursing issues that define the model of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®:
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Structural Empowerment
  • Exemplary Professional Practice
  • New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements
  • Empirical Quality Outcomes

Put simply, Magnet nursing leaders value staff nurses, involve them in shaping research-based nursing practice, and seek their expertise when it comes to decision-making in patient care delivery. They also encourage open communication between nurses and other members of the health care team, and encourage and reward them for advancing in nursing practice.

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Key Facts

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. For example, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process, demanding widespread participation from leadership and staff, including electronic documentation, written documentation, qualitative and quantitative evidence and an on-site assessment from the ANCC.

The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes nursing excellence and represents the highest honor a hospital can receive for professional nursing practice. The patients and Associates of Nemours have long been witness to the quality of our nursing professionals, and this designation demonstrates the Nemours nursing commitment to delivering the highest quality of care.

The Magnet model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes — and components and dimensions for each — all deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.