Our nurses play an important role in patients’ overall hospital experience. In recognition of that contribution, the nursing program at CTCA®
at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern) seeks to join the most elite members of the nursing field by applying for Magnet status.
This move marks the start of our Journey to Magnet Excellence®
, the first in a rigorous three-step process that will take up to two years to complete. To earn Magnet status, organizations must apply and undergo a multi-faceted evaluation. They must also submit extensive documentation on how they meet Magnet standards.
The Magnet Recognition Program® is considered the gold standard of nursing excellence, recognizing health care organizations that provide high-quality patient care and professionalism in the nursing practice. Fewer than 8 percent of U.S. hospitals have earned the coveted Magnet designation.
The goals of the Magnet program are to:
- Promote clinical quality
- Improve patient outcomes
- Support excellence in nursing
About Magnet recognition
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the world’s largest and most prominent credentialing organization for nurses. Its Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with a benchmark for measuring quality care. In order for a site to be considered for the program, high-quality standards must be demonstrated in an extensive written document. After the ANCC reviews the document, it conducts a site visit, complete with onsite interviews and unit tours, that allow ANCC appraisers to verify, clarify and further explore the information contained in the document. Full Magnet recognition is granted for four years, during which the ANCC monitors the facility to ensure high standards of care continue to be met.
Studies show patient outcomes are more favorable in Magnet-designated hospitals, where patients are reported to experience fewer complications, lower mortality rates and higher patient satisfaction scores.