UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital

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:

Nursing

  • 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

Patient Outcomes

  • 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.