What are Characteristics of a Magnet Hospital?
Magnet is the highest national or international recognition for
excellence in the delivery of nursing services that are provided in a
professional practice environment, promote quality and evidence-based
practice, and result in positive patient outcomes.
Research has identified the following characteristics that are present in Magnet organizations:
- Flatter organizational structure
- Higher nurse-to-patient ratios
- Collaborative relationships with physicians
- Broad-based participation in decision-making related to clinical care
- Limited use of agency personnel
- Nursing research which enhances clinical practice
- Flexible patient care delivery systems
- Higher percentage of B.S.N.-prepared nurses
- Influential nurse executives
- Investments in education and expertise of nurses
- Decreased turnover rates for registered nurses
- Nurses perceive that they have adequate support services and registered nurses to provide high-quality care
- Shorter patient length of stay
- Lower utilization of ICU days
- Lower mortality rates for Medicare patients
- Increased patient satisfaction
Magnet Hospital Benefits
- Magnet recognizes and supports systems that achieve high-quality patient outcomes.
- Magnet establishes a competitive advantage in the recruitment
of all health care staff who enjoys working in the professional
practice environment that Magnet hospitals offer.
- Magnet hospitals are recognized for their positive community interaction and their strong community presence.
- Magnet culture reinforces a work environment with positive,
collaborative relationships where the team works together to
accomplish the best outcomes for the patient.