UMHS strives for highest honor in nursing

July 28, 2016  //  FOUND IN: News,

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At UMHS, we are committed to providing the highest standard of care and improving health outcomes for every patient who comes through our doors. It’s a mission that affects every member of our team — physicians, nurses, technicians, clinical staff and support staff.

In June, UMHS submitted its application for Magnet recognition. This designation, given out by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 1994, is the highest achievement in nursing attained by only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals.

A magnet submission, along with documentation and measurements in more than 100 standards of excellence, is just the beginning of a lengthy and demanding process. Over the next few months, the Magnet journey will continue with a site visit from inspectors, likely near the end of 2016.

The ANCC uses the data and site visit information to ensure that distinguished hospitals demonstrate a commitment to quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

As we strive to receive a Magnet designation, it’s important to know that all of us at UMHS — not just those in our nursing community — have a role to play. Every employee should stay informed about the journey, and faculty and staff should reach out to nursing colleagues to learn how they can help provide care and services that meet or exceed Magnet’s rigorous standards.

Should our application be accepted, our health system will prove that it fosters an environment beneficial to professional growth and development. This will put us in position to retain top talent from across the globe and provide enhanced care.

In short, UMHS will provide better outcomes for our patients and a better work environment for our employees.

Learn more about our quest for Magnet status in this video from our very own nursing team.

Thank you for your support on this exciting journey. Magnet designation is a mark of excellence that we achieve together!