Living our Magnet Designation
Magnet® designation is the highest and most prestigious credential a health care organization can achieve for nursing excellence and quality patient care. Fewer than 7 percent of all registered hospitals in the United States receive Magnet® designation or re-designation, including only 10 in Wisconsin. In simple terms, Magnet designation is a big deal, especially for patients and families. If you or a loved one needs hospital care, you should seek out a Magnet hospital to ensure that you'll be receiving the best and highest quality care possible. If you're a nurse or other health professional, you should want to practice at a Magnet® hospital.
What is Magnet?
Magnet is an award of excellence. Magnet recognizes organizations for superior nursing processes and quality patient care which leads to the highest levels of safety, quality and patient experience.
- The need for an excellent work environment is the piece that distinguishes it from other awards/recognitions. Magnet wants to see a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, EBP, shared decision making, innovation, etc.
- Some look at Magnet standards as just good business principles. Regardless of if you are in health care or another industry, what Magnet is looking for in an organization is all around good business practices that create a great environment for both employees as well as customers.
Why does Magnet matter?
When looking at what working for a Magnet recognized organization means, there is a lot of evidence around outcomes in Magnet and non-Magnet healthcare environments. Some of the benefits of a Magnet organization as compared to those that are not are:
For healthcare systems... Magnet signifies high quality care to consumers:
- Characteristics consistent with those identified in the “best run companies” external to healthcare*
- Team building, collaborating across disciplines and building staff engagement*
- Improved Nurse-Physician Relations (Medical Care, June 2015)
- Increased press and media coverage focused on quality care reducing marketing expenses*
- Improved Quality of Care (Medical Care, June 2015)
- Gain and maintain competitive advantage in regional markets*
- Increased revenue (Medical Care, May 2014)
For nurses… Professional nurses consider Magnet designation the gold standard:
- Increased RN retention and lower nurse burnout*
- Decreased RN vacancy rate
- UWHC 0.17% (end FY14)
- UWHC -5.6% (end FY15)
- Other Magnet organizations 1.14%*
- Decreased RN turnover rate
- UWHC 10% (end FY14)
- UWHC 8.7% (end FY15)
- Other Magnet organizations 10%*
- Increased RN satisfaction*
For patients... Patient outcomes are more favorable in Magnet hospitals:
- Increased patient satisfaction*
- Decreased mortality rates*
- Lower 30-day surgical mortality rates (Medical Care, May 2013)
- Lower failure-to-rescue rates (Medical Care, May 2013)
- Decreased pressure ulcers*
- Decreased falls*
- Patient safety and improved quality*
*ANCC Magnet Website, May 2016
What is an exemplar in the Magnet document?
Magnet defines an exemplar as, “a concept, practice, or program worthy of imitation”
- In the Magnet document we want to showcase the exceptional work we are doing. The document limits us to 65 exemplars and Magnet gives us specific criteria we need to address in those 65 exemplars. We travel across UW Health looking for great work that is occurring that we can highlight.
- However, it is important to remember that we do not do things just because of Magnet; we do them because they are the right thing to do. When the appraisers come for the site visit they want to confirm that we do not have pockets of excellence. They want to see that the Magnet standards are alive and living everywhere. Some of the exceptional work we do does not fit perfectly into what we are asked to highlight in the Magnet document.
What is a Magnet Champion?
The Unit based Magnet Champion is a key figure in the Magnet Recognition Journey, acting as the front line of support for Magnet questions. Magnet Champions disseminate information;, collaborate with unit, clinic, or department staff; and play a key role in supporting and embedding the principles of Magnet into the Unit/Department’s culture. A primary role of the Magnet Champion is to understand the components of Magnet and how they tie into the Magnet Model. A solid commitment to Magnet principles is fundamental to the success of this role.
Global Issues in Nursing and Healthcare
Magnet Application 2013
ANCC Magnet Website