St. Cloud Hospital is a Magnet
|Public Notice: Magnet Program® Site Visit
St. Cloud Hospital has been designated as a Magnet organization since 2004 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In February 2013, St. Cloud Hospital submitted redesignation documentation and a site visit is scheduled for July 9 to 11, 2013.
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Why did St. Cloud Hospital seek Magnet Recognition?
St. Cloud Hospital recognizes that our positive patient outcomes
are a result of team effort, and Magnet is a way to recognize
and maintain those efforts. Magnet honors the strong nursing
and interdisciplinary team practice and each individual’s
commitment to quality patient care.
What is Magnet?
Recognition Program is administered through the American
Nurses Credentialing Center. It was established in 1990
and provides a method of recognizing hospitals that create
and maintain a professional practice environment that ensures
quality patient outcomes.
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
Characteristics of Magnet Hospitals
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
- Flexible patient care delivery systems
- Higher percentage of B.S.N.-prepared
- Influential nurse executives
- Investments in education and expertise
- Decreased turnover rates for registered
- Nurses perceive that they have adequate
support services and registered nurses to provide high-quality
- 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
- Magnet establishes a competitive advantage
in the recruitment of all health care staff who enjoys working
in the professional practice environment that Magnet hospitals
- 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.
14 Forces of Magnetism
Quality of Nursing Leadership: Knowledgeable,
strong nurse leaders willing to take risks, a strong sense
of advocacy and support on behalf of nursing.
Organizational Structure: Nursing departments
are decentralized, with unit-based decision-making and strong
nurse representation in committees throughout the organization.
The nursing leader serves at the executive level of the organization.
Management Style: Managers involve staff
at all levels of the organization. The nurse leaders communicate
with staff. Feedback is encouraged and valued.
Personnel Policies and Programs: Salaries
and benefits are competitive. Creative and flexible staffing,
with staff involvement. Opportunities for promotion, both
in clinical and administrative areas.
Professional Models of Care: Nurses have
responsibility, accountability and authority in the provision
of patient care. Nurses are accountable for their own practice
and are coordinators of patient care.
Quality of Care: Nurses believe that they
are giving high-quality care to their patients and that their
organization sees high-quality care as a priority.
Quality Improvement: Staff nurses participate
in the quality improvement process—see it as educational—and
believe that it helps improve patient care within the organization.
Consultation and Resources: Knowledgeable
experts, particularly advanced practice nurses, are available
and utilized. Peer support is available and utilized.
Autonomy: Nurses are allowed and expected
to work autonomously, consistent with professional standards,
as members of the multidisciplinary team.
Community and Hospital: Hospitals maintain
a strong community presence that includes a variety of long-term
Nurses as Teachers: Nurses are permitted
and expected to incorporate teaching in all aspects of practice.
Nurses feel teaching gives a great deal of professional satisfaction.
Image of Nursing: Nurses are seen as essential
to the hospital’s delivery of patient care by nursing
and other members of the health care team.
Interdisciplinary Relationships: Nurses,
physicians, pharmacists, therapists and other members of the
health care disciplines treat each other with mutual respect
and have positive relationships.
Professional Development: Organizations
emphasize orientation, inservice education, continuing education,
formal education and career development. Personal and professional
growth and development are values.
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