What is Magnet?
St. Luke's Hospital has succeeded in achieving Magnet recognition for
the second time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC),
signifying successful implementation of the national Magnet standards
for nursing excellence. Of
those U.S. hospitals seeking redesignation, only about three percent
In 1981, the American Academy of Nursing organized
a taskforce to study reasons why some hospitals were able to attract
and retain nurses despite the nursing shortage. One hundred fifty
hospitals were studied nationwide with 41 determined to be "magnets"
for registered nurses (RNs). The taskforce identified 14
characteristics that these hospitals possessed that created a
"magnetic" environment which attracted and retained nurses. These
attributes became known as the "Forces of Magnetism."
Magnet recognition is a prestigious and coveted international award
given to organizations that demonstrate the Forces of Magnetism in
innovative and dynamic ways. The goals of the Magnet program are to
promote quality in an environment that supports professional nursing
practice, disseminate successful nursing practices and promote positive
In Magnet hospitals:
- Nurses are empowered and accountable for their practice
- Patients have better outcomes and are more satisfied
- Professional advancement is encouraged and rewarded
- There is greater staff involvement in decision-making
The American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation's largest nursing accrediting and credentialing organization, administers the program.
The application process includes four phases:
- Submission of Written Documentation and Evaluation
- Site Visit
- Evaluation at the Magnet Program Office
The application process involves intense coordination, documentation and teamwork.