The Johns Hopkins Hospital Once Again Achieves Magnet® Designation for Nursing Excellence
The Johns Hopkins Hospital has once again achieved Magnet® designation in recognition of its nursing excellence. The designation comes from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Only about 7 percent of the nation’s hospitals have met the criteria to earn this prestigious designation for providing the highest quality patient care, teamwork, professionalism and innovation in nursing practice.
“Receiving our third Magnet Recognition is a special tribute to the commitment of our nurses and the entire health care team to deliver excellent patient care and sustain an environment that values professionalism and collaboration,” says Karen Haller, Ph.D., R.N., vice president for Nursing and Patient Care Services. “It takes an extraordinary amount of effort by team members at all levels to reach and maintain Magnet designation.”
According to the ANCC, the Magnet Recognition Program® promotes quality in a setting that supports professional practice, identifies excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients and disseminates best practices in nursing services. Magnet designation serves as an important benchmark for many patients seeking the highest quality of care.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital first achieved Magnet Recognition in 2003, then again in 2008. The designation is granted for four years.
“We are all very proud of the excellent work and dedication of our more than 3,000 nurses in caring for our patients and providing leadership in all of our important initiatives,” says Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Our nurses’ continued achievement in earning Magnet designation signifies their professionalism and adherence to best practices. In addition, Magnet status is a valuable contribution to our No. 1 hospital ranking by U.S. News & World Report.”
The first major step toward achieving Magnet recognition was the submission of a 402-page document to the ANCC providing evidence of meeting the organization’s high standards. Then ANCC Magnet appraisers conducted a three-day site visit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in September to validate the information. The final step was a review by a panel of Magnet commissioners before their decision was made.
Nursing excellence and innovation have had a long tradition at The Johns Hopkins Hospital ever since it opened in 1889. Today, the hospital’s close association with the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing enhances the opportunities for hospital nurses to participate in, and lead, research and teaching initiatives.
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