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Magnet Recognized

Published: 08/26/2016

Kansas City, Kan. — For the third consecutive term, The University of Kansas Hospital has achieved Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.

Earning a third consecutive Magnet designation puts the hospital in an elite field. Magnet recognition is earned by 7 percent (444 hospitals) of the nation's 6,000 hospitals, but only 3.7 percent of the nation's hospitals earn the designation three times in a row.

The University of Kansas Hospital was originally designated as a Magnet® facility in 2006 and was the first hospital in Kansas to attain the designation. This recognition underscores the outstanding level of nursing quality and patient care. Designated hospitals demonstrate higher quality care, significantly higher levels of patient satisfaction and consumer confidence, as well as greater success in recruiting and retaining the best nurses.

The announcement was made by the ANCC during a special presentation today. Within seconds of the announcement, a standing-room-only crowd of nurses, dignitaries, hospital leaders, physicians and other hospital staff erupted into cheers. When releasing the news, Donna Havens, RN, commission chair of the Magnet Recognition Program, said the vote for redesignation by the Commission on Magnet was unanimous. Additionally, she highlighted several outstanding exemplars, including mentoring, leadership, community partnerships, professional nursing certification, patient placement and nursing satisfaction.

"We are honored to be recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for our third consecutive designation for Magnet. This indicates a very strong consistency in the practice of nursing at our hospital," said Tammy Peterman, RN, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. "Our nurses come to work every day to do the very best they can to provide support and care to our patients and their families. They provide exceptional care every day and at every location, and consistently maintain and sustain great outcomes for patients."

What is Magnet status?

To receive Magnet status hospitals must satisfy a set of criteria designated to measure the strength and quality of their nursing.

A Magnet hospital exemplifies the following:

  • Nurses deliver excellent patient outcomes.
  • Nurses have a high level of job satisfaction.
  • Low nurse turnover rate and appropriate grievance resolution.

Magnet status is also said to indicate nursing involvement in data collection and decision-making in patient care delivery. The idea is that Magnet nursing leaders value staff nurses, involve them in shaping research-based nursing practice, and encourage and reward them for advancing in nursing practice. Magnet hospitals have open communication between nurses and other members of the healthcare team, and an appropriate personnel mix to attain the best patient outcomes and staff work environment.

Redesignation is an even more rigorous process, requiring organizations to provide evidence that Magnet standards have been both met and exceeded during the four-year period since the last designation. 

"It takes a complete team effort to achieve Magnet designation, especially for the third time as the standards are raised to increase a higher level of nursing performance," said Amanda Gartner, RN, quality outcomes and Infection Prevention and Control nurse manager, who serves as The University of Kansas Hospital's Magnet program coordinator. "Achieving Magnet redesignation is truly a continuous journey to improve clinical outcomes and the quality of care our nurses provide."

Nursing's Magnet Steering Committee spent the past several years preparing for the third Magnet designation, including assembling documentation of Magnet concepts, performance and quality at the hospital and a site visit in June. To recognize this rare achievement, all members of the nursing staff at The University of Kansas Hospital wear Magnet pins. This displays their pride in Magnet designation because it recognizes nursing excellence and the important role nurses play in the hospital's commitment to outstanding patient care and outcomes.

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