U-M Health recognized as a Magnet institution for second time

March 17, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

It was five years in the making. And on Thursday morning, the achievement was realized again – University of Michigan Health is a Magnet institution.

Inside Ford Auditorium, with U-M Health leaders and staff in attendance, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) confirmed that U-M Health and its nurses are among the best in the nation.

U-M Health’s nurses, led by Chief Nurse Executive Nancy May, D.N.P., AMB-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN, have now achieved Magnet redesignation for a second time. The prestigious Magnet distinction, awarded to less than 10% of U.S. hospitals, recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care and outcomes, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

“Magnet status is the gold standard for nursing excellence and a tremendous honor,” said May. “This well-earned redesignation reflects the extraordinary nursing care at our institution and continues to distinguish us as a place where patients, families and the community can expect the highest level of care.”

In addition to May, Michigan Medicine CEO Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., and U-M Health President David Miller, M.D., joined the nearly 100 people who came to celebrate.

Efforts toward U-M Health’s redesignation, the first of which was achieved in early 2017, included leadership by Maria Bobo, D.N.P., R.N., WHNP-BC, CENP, NPD-BC, who is the Director of Nursing Professional Development & Education and Magnet Recognition Program. Bobo, her Magnet staff, and a team of dozens of Magnet ambassadors paved the way during a rigorous and lengthy process. Widespread participation from leadership and staff was necessary, which included written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.

The Magnet program provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. The program helps advance nursing standards through ongoing nursing education and career development and disseminating best practices in nursing services to improve patient care.

Redesignation also helps maintain a culture that attracts and retains exceptional nursing professionals.