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Questions About Hospitals With Magnet Recognition®

Questions About Hospitals With Magnet Recognition®

On July 13, 2009, three of Spectrum Health's Grand Rapids hospitals learned that they had achieved Magnet Recognition® designation-Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

When considering if it is important to go to a hospital with Magnet Recognition, consider these questions.

  1. What is Magnet Recognition® and why does it matter to me as a patient?
  2. Why should I want to go to a hospital with Magnet Recognition®?
  3. What criteria are used for Magnet Recognition® and does the designation expire?
  4. How do I know if the nurses caring for me have the most up-to-date information?

What is Magnet Recognition® and why does it matter to me as a patient?
Magnet Recognition® is the highest national recognition for health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing, adherence to national standards for improving patient care and strong leadership. Only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals and nine Michigan hospitals have met these rigorous standards.

The Magnet Recognition® Program is administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Although it is an award for nursing, it requires teamwork among all health care workers in the organization. Hospitals that have achieved Magnet Recognition® are committed to quality care, patient satisfaction, and safety for patients and staff.

Hospitals with Magnet designation outperform others in their ability to recruit and retain top physicians, medical specialists, nurses and other clinical staff. These hospitals are "magnets" for high-performing professionals because these organizations emphasize quality and safety.

That's why Magnet Recognition® is important.

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Why should I want to go to a hospital with Magnet Recognition®?
Bedside nurses provide the majority of hospital care, so nursing care matters. Magnet Recognition® is a seal of approval for quality nursing care. According to the ANCC, Magnet Recognition® provides consumers with the "ultimate benchmark" to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive.

Research shows clear benefits to hospitals with Magnet Recognition® and to the communities they serve. These hospitals, with their emphasis on quality and safety, typically report lower mortality rates, fewer procedural complications, shorter lengths of stay and higher patient satisfaction. And that's good for patients! Because these hospitals can-and do-recruit and retain the best nurses, there is increased stability in patient care, better quality and performance, and higher patient satisfaction.

Spectrum Health nurses are involved in making decisions that affect care at the bedside. They are dedicated to a nursing care model that builds strong, caring relationships with patients and their families, and with other members of the health care team. These caring, skilled and compassionate nurses love what they do-and it shows in the exceptional experiences they provide to their patients.

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What criteria are used for Magnet Recognition® and does the designation expire?
The Magnet Recognition Program® has established standards of excellence that health care organizations must meet through a rigorous application and review process. The ANCC conducts extensive interviews and an on-site review of nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care. Appraisers look at more than 80 criteria, including nursing practice, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity, leadership and nursing competence.

Magnet Recognition® designation is granted for four years. Hospitals must reapply and undergo a comprehensive renewal application to retain Magnet designation.

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How do I know if the nurses caring for me have the most up-to-date information?
Studies show improved patient outcomes in organizations with higher rates of BSN-prepared nurses-those nurses with a four-year degree. At Spectrum Health's three hospitals with Magnet Recognition®, 56 percent of the staff nurses have a four-year degree or higher, and more than 23 percent of nurses have achieved additional certification in their clinical specialty.

Spectrum Health supports continuing education and new technology. It provides classes in the workplace, tuition reimbursement for staff to advance their formal education, and support for continued learning and advancement in nursing practice. Education grants and scholarships also are available for bedside nurses to attend conferences to learn about current best practices.

Spectrum Heath, as an organization, and our nurses are dedicated to excellence in nursing practice through our commitment to continually assess, evaluate and improve how we deliver care for the best possible patient outcomes.

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