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What is Magnet?


"Magnet is a seal of approval for quality nursing care." The Magnet program promotes excellence in nursing practice. It recognizes and supports evidence-based practice, enhancing positive outcomes for both the patient and the nurse.

Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition within nursing of professional nursing practice. The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice as defined in the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators (1996).

The Magnet program concepts include a wide variety of issues in the organization and delivery of nursing services.  Many healthcare organizations are utilizing the concepts to assess and improve their processes for achieving quality in nursing and in patient outcomes. A Magnet healthcare environment characteristics emphasize high quality patient care, clinical autonomy and responsibility, participatory decision-making, strong nurse leaders, two-way communication with staff, effective use of resources, and high levels of job satisfaction.  These elements are embodied by the Forces of Magnetism.

Q:  What are the objectives of the Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program?

  • Recognize nursing services that build programs of nursing excellence for the delivery of nursing care to patients
  • Promote quality that supports professional nursing practice
  • Provide a mechanism to demonstrate successful nursing practices and strategies among health care organizations using registered professional nurses
  • Promote positive patient outcomes

Q:  When did the Magnet designation begin?

Magnet began in 1994 with the first Magnet designee, the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Q:  How many organizations have Magnet designation?

At present, there are 233 hospitals in the United States that have achieved Magnet designation. There are literally hundreds of organizations that are currently seeking Magnet designation. Currently, in the state of Indiana, there are 8 hospitals that have achieved Magnet designation.

Q:  How long does this process take?

The process generally takes from 12-18 months from the time the application is placed and the organization has two years from the date of the application submission to the Magnet Program Office to attain accreditation.

Q:  What are some of the benefits of becoming a Magnet designated facility?

  • Magnet designation is an important recognition of nurses’ worth
  • Magnet designation is a major factor of nursing recruitment and retention
  • Magnet designation means a competitive advantage for the organization
  • Magnet designation attracts high quality physicians and specialists . Magnet designation reinforces positive collaborative relationships
  • Magnet designation improves patient quality outcomes