Joanna Smith, RN, operations director of the maternity center at Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital, discusses a patient record with Kristin Fuller, RN, in maternity.
Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital is preparing to finalize and submit documents in April for its third Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The only Magnet-designated facility in western Iowa, Mercy Hospital would join an elite group of hospitals if recognized for a third time.
Out of nearly 6,000 U.S. hospitals, only 401 currently have Magnet designation. To achieve Magnet recognition, hospitals must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that calls for participation from both facility leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of documents regarding patient care and their outcomes. If hospitals pass that level, an on-site visit is scheduled to thoroughly assess the facility. If they score well on the inspection, the ANCC Commission on Magnet then reviews and votes on whether Magnet recognition will be granted.
According to the ANCC, Magnet designation is the gold standard of patient care. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing.
"Frequently we are asked what it means to be a Magnet facility by our patients or family members," said Denise McNitt, vice president of patient care services for Mercy Hospital. "My response is that the Magnet designation is one of the highest achievements a hospital can attain."
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