UMHS Applies for Magnet Designation

June 1, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership


This week marks a milestone in the journey toward Magnet recognition for UMHS. Magnet status is an award given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing.

After more than three years of collective work, nursing leaders submitted Magnet documentation to the ANCC yesterday.

With this submission, UMHS is closer to the possibility of Magnet status, a critical step in the commitment to our patients and society for highest quality care. Hundreds of nurses across the system are working diligently to improve the practice environment and document processes and performance data to reflect the best of nursing at Michigan.

In 2002, UMHS made this pledge: “To create a shared vision and powerful voice which will advance the art and science of nursing, revolutionize leadership, education and research, and transform patient care.”

Indeed, throughout UMHS, nurses are helping to transform patient care and the nursing practice.

The Magnet document will be sent to the four Magnet appraisers assigned to UMHS. They will conduct a detailed review of the document during the next few months in order to determine whether UMHS will receive a site visit. Once determined, these appraisers will conduct the site visit for four or five days, likely near year-end.

Following the site visit, the appraisers will submit their recommendation to the Magnet program officers who also do a review of the work. Finally, the recommendation is sent to the Magnet commissioners who make the final determination for designation.

A final decision is expected in early 2017.

According to Marge Calarco, chief nurse executive, hundreds of people made this important step possible. “I personally thank our Magnet advisory committee, the Magnet champions, our unit-based committees, plus our clinical nurse specialists, advanced practice registered nurses, nurse managers, supervisors and directors,” said Calarco.

“Notably, this submission would not have been possible without the exceptional work of our Magnet program team led by Juanita Parry. Special thanks to Juanita, Barbara Hensinger, Jaime Palmby and Dale Parry who touched every document and piece of the submission, and kept us connected.”

Other key contributors to this submission include co-leads who served during the past three years: Steven Strahle, Julia Morrissey and most recently, Katie Scott (CVICU) who joined Juanita and the program team this month.

Florence Nightingale is reported to have said that “the progressive world is necessarily divided into two classes – those that take the best of what there is and enjoy it, and those that wish for something better and create it.”

The leadership of UMHS salutes everyone who is helping to create “something better” for our patients, their families and all our patient care operations.