Magnet: A Journey to Excellence
These are exciting times for nurses at Maury Regional Medical Center. We have begun our journey to become a Magnet facility, a recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
What is the Magnet Recognition Program?
It is a program that recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and professional practice. It serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence.
The Magnet Model:
Magnet consists of five domains. Each of the domains has stringent standards and requirements that must be met by an organization in order to become Magnet. The five domains are: Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice, New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements and Empirical Outcomes.
Why pursue Magnet?
There are many reasons to pursue this designation. Some of the primary ones are listed below:
- Focuses on quality outcomes
- Supports patient-centered care
- Provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive
- Research by L. Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN shows Magnet facilities outperform peers in recruiting and retaining nurses
The environment in a Magnet facility benefits both patients and staff. Some
of those benefits are:
- Enhanced safety mechanisms and practices
- Improved clinical outcomes
- Higher patient satisfaction
- Decrease in healthcare acquired infections
- Lower complication rates
- Lower mortality rates/ morbidity rates
- Increased loyalty to the organization
- Higher workplace satisfaction
- Higher job satisfaction
- Engagement in daily professional practice
- Governance over own practice
- Retention and recruitment of skilled clinicians
- Professional development program/opportunities
- Enhanced working relationships with all departments and disciplines