Working together, achieving together: Organization preps for Magnet® re-designation

February 19, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership,
The organization celebrated Magnet designation three years ago this week.

Within the organization, the commitment to provide the highest standard of care and improve health outcomes for patients occurs every day. Currently, the amazing nursing community is on a journey to Magnet re-designation, a prideful achievement.

About 8 percent of U.S. hospitals earn this distinction, which reflects the organization’s ability to meet rigorous standards for quality patient care, demonstrate the infrastructure required to support nursing excellence, encourage professional development and nurture innovations in professional nursing practice.

This recognition firmly establishes this health care system as a leader in improving patient care through advancing evidence-based practice and promoting nurse empowerment. Magnet designation enhances the health system’s reputation as both a health care provider and employer of choice. 

This week is the three-year anniversary of the organization first achieving Magnet designation in 2017.

Here is what you should know about Magnet:

What is Magnet designation?

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Designation recognizes health care organizations for quality patient outcomes achieved through nursing excellence found throughout the organization.    

Why does the organization pursue Magnet designation?

Magnet-recognized facilities exhibit better patient outcomes due to the quality and safety of nurse-driven care. Many patients seek Magnet-designated facilities when choosing where to seek medical care due to the quality nursing care and better outcomes. Magnet organizations attract nurses who want to provide the best of care to patients… nurses who know that a Magnet organization provides the infrastructure to support that goal. Designation helps recruit, promote and retain excellent nurses.

What does Magnet mean to nurses?

Magnet designation is an important recognition of nursing practice. It is a direct reflection of how quality nursing care positively impacts patient outcomes. Designation demonstrates the presence of a culture committed to innovation, improvement and excellence.    

What does Magnet mean to those outside of nursing?

Magnet designation is more than a recognition. It is about the practice of collaborative nursing in its totality. That includes professional clinical partners, human resources, finance, high reliability, communication, information technology and everyone else working within this system. Every employee contributes to the excellent care the organization provides and the advancements it achieves.

UMPNC and Magnet — a partnership

Nursing professionals are committed to providing the best care to all patients, families and communities, and supporting the growth and empowerment of every individual. The U-M Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC) and Magnet Program support the commitment to advance nursing practice through the alignment and synergy of shared values, goals, actions and outcomes.

UMPNC and the Magnet Program have a unique and powerful partnership that helped achieve Magnet recognition in 2017 and will lead to re-designation.

In 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was established between the UMPNC and U-M Health System to outline the principles under which they agreed to partner toward Magnet recognition. The MOU was created to “support a strong partnership, empower RNs to act as patient advocates in accordance with their professional judgment and ethical norms, reduce errors and adverse events, improve RN recruitment and retention and maintain a collaborative labor-management relationship.”

This partnership was reaffirmed in 2018 and will continue to support the Magnet journey moving forward.

Re-designation efforts begin now — and in the next few months, stay tuned to Headlines as it shines a light on ongoing efforts to enhance and improve outcomes and chronicle the advances achieved here.

For more information about Magnet, please click here.