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Published on October 18, 2013

Magnet re-designation honors St. Cloud Hospital for excellence in nursing

St. Cloud, Minn. — St. Cloud Hospital has received re-designation as a Magnet hospital, the second Minnesota hospital and one of only 60 hospitals worldwide, to achieve three or more Magnet designations. Magnet status, granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is the highest international recognition for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

St. Cloud Hospital received its initial Magnet designation in 2004. At that time there were just 100 Magnet hospitals in the country, and one in the state of Minnesota. Now there are 393 Magnet hospitals in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 4 countries (Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Australia). There are currently three Magnet hospitals in Minnesota:
St. Cloud Hospital, Mayo Clinic Hospitals and Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

The Magnet application process includes submission of a document describing and demonstrating how the hospital meets Magnet standards. This document must demonstrate significant compliance before a site visit is awarded. Magnet program appraisers made a three day site visit in July to verify the document and speak to staff. There is no monetary award with Magnet recognition, but it provides an advantage for patient outcomes and recruitment of all types of staff.

“Working at a Magnet hospital allows me to have a great deal of professional autonomy, and creates a culture for me to be the best nurse I can be,” said Melissa Nagengast, BSN, RN, OCN. “Magnet creates a collaborative work environment across all patient care areas and all members of the patient care team. By creating a safe environment for patients and staff, Magnet increases the quality of care as well as staff and patient satisfaction. I am so proud to work at a Magnet hospital”.

“On behalf of the hospitalists and physicians, congratulations to every one of the nurses” said Darin Willardsen, M.D., hospitalist at St. Cloud Hospital. “You don’t know how much it means to all the physicians, that we have Magnet designation. We are very proud of our nurses and
St. Cloud Hospital”.

“We are very proud of our nursing staff and our patient care team” said Linda Chmielewski, MS, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and vice president of hospital operations. “Magnet designation recognizes the hospital’s commitment to patient care and to achieving the best possible patient outcomes.”

Magnet hospitals offer benefits for their patients, staff and communities. The Magnet program promotes high standards based on the 14 Forces of Magnetism. These forces include:

  • Quality of nursing leadership (strong, visionary leaders)
  • Organizational structure (decentralized with care decisions made at the unit level)
  • Management style (staff members are involved at all levels)
  • Personnel policies and programs (competitive salaries and benefits)
  • Professional models of care (number and type of staff needed to care for patients)
  • Quality of care (always striving for better patient outcomes)
  • Quality improvement (always learning and a non-punitive environment)
  • Consultation and resources (staff have access to experts and evidence)
  • Autonomy (staff practice at the highest level allowed by their education and licensure)
  • Community and the hospital (staff members make a positive impact on the community)
  • Nurses as teachers (teaching is an important nursing role)
  • Image of nursing (viewed as integral to the hospital mission)
  • Collegial interdisciplinary relationships (team members work together for the patients)
  • Professional development (personal growth and development are valued and are a part of mission).
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