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Empirical Outcomes

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Empirical Outcomes UWHC Example

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) nurses know they are providing quality patient care and making essential contributions to the organization, the profession, and the community because UWHC nurses empirically measure outcomes. Whether it is patient satisfaction, nurse-sensitive clinical indicators, nursing satisfaction, or improvement projects, UWHC nurses use data to assess and monitor their progress. In addition, UWHC nurses search out relevant benchmarks in order to evaluate their performance.

Empirical Outcomes Overview

Today's Magnet recognition process primarily focuses on structure and processes, with an assumption that good outcomes will follow. Currently, outcomes are not specified, and are minimally weighted. There are no quantitative outcome requirements for ANCC Magnet Recognition®. Recently lacking were benchmark data that would allow comparisons with best practices. This area is where the greatest changes need to occur. Data of this caliber will spur needed changes.

In the future, having a strong structure and processes are the first steps. In other words, the question for the future is not "What do you do?" or "How do you do it?" but rather, "What difference have you made?" Magnet-recognized organizations are in a unique position to become pioneers of the future and to demonstrate solutions to numerous problems inherent in our health care systems today. They may do this in a variety of ways through innovative structure and various processes, and they ought to be recognized, not penalized, for their inventiveness.

Outcomes need to be categorized in terms of clinical outcomes related to nursing; workforce outcomes; patient and consumer outcomes; and organizational outcomes. When possible, outcomes data that the organization already collects should be utilized. Quantitative benchmarks should be established. These outcomes will represent the "report card" of a Magnet-recognized organization, and a simple way of demonstrating excellence.

Empirical Outcomes Presentation Requirements: SE3EO, EP3EO, EP22EO, EP23EO, NK1EO Only

The EOs for nursing certification (SE3EO), nurse (RN) satisfaction (EP3EO), nurse-sensitive clinical indicators (EP22EO), patient satisfaction (EP23EO), and nursing research (NK1EO) must be presented in the required format as outlined in the Sources of Evidence.

Empirical Outcomes Presentation Requirements: All Others

For all other Empirical Outcomes, narratives must be presented using the following format:


 Goal Statement(s) 

Description of the Intervention/Initiative/Activity (IES) 



 Empirical Outcomes: Data Display Requirements 

Display of data using graphs and charts is an excellent way to illustrate outcomes; therefore, a table and graph is required for each Empirical Outcome. 

Data Display Requirments

Content reflects Magnet Application Addendums through June 2014.