Magnet Program for Excellence
North Carolina Baptist Hospital was the first Magnet Hospital in the Carolinas and was the host of the 5th Annual National Magnet Nursing Conference.
Purpose of the Recognition Program
The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program for Excellence in Nursing Service was established in 1993. It is the highest level of recognition that the American Nurses Credentialing Center can accord to organized nursing services in health care organizations.
This program provides a framework to recognize excellence in:
- Management philosophy and practices of nursing services
- Adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care
- Leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice and continued competence of nursing personnel
- Attention to the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients and their significant others, as well as the care providers in the system
This recognition indicates excellence in nursing services, development of a professional milieu, and growth and development of nursing staff.
The Objectives of this Program
- Recognize nursing services that utilize the Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators (ANA, 1996) to build programs of nursing excellence in the delivery of nursing care to patients.
- Promote quality in a milieu that supports professional nursing practice.
- Provide a vehicle for the dissemination of successful nursing practices and strategies among institutions utilizing the services of registered professional nurses.
Recognition of excellence may be publicized by the recipient and used in its marketing strategies directed toward consumers and potential nursing personnel. It will enhance recruitment and retention of highly qualified professional nurses, thus facilitating consistent delivery of quality patient care.
Since this recognition award indicates excellence in nursing services, the recipient is a model for other nursing service systems. In this aspect, excellent nursing service variables may be emulated by others, thus contributing to upgrading the quality of nursing service in the nation's health care delivery systems.
Additionally, staff nurses within the recognized magnet nursing service system may also be contacted by other nurses for consultation services. Further outcomes of the recognition may include:
- Enhanced recognition within the community for nursing services and the agency
- Increased utilization of the agency by health care consumers and health care networks
- Increased stability in patient care systems across the organization