Frequently Asked Questions About Magnet Why Magnet? Magnet is the “gold standard” for nursing excellence. Our focus should not be to achieve the award but to create a culture that has the best patient outcomes and the best work environment. How many Magnet hospitals are in the United States? Only about 6% of US Hospitals achieve Magnet designation. There are currently 448 Magnet Hospitals in the nation. Professional Practice Model The Professional Practice Model is a description of how nurses practice in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary manner to provide the highest quality care to those served by the organization.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital has defined their model by putting patients and family at the peak with Nursing as the foundation of the model. The model also reflects Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s nursing theorist, Imogene King, and her nursing theory of goal attainment.
Our current model was redesigned in 2015 and was done 100% by the clinical nurses. This allowed the model to truly represent bedside nursing at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Have you written on your unit’s Professional Practice Model board yet? If not be sure to do it before our site visit so we can easily speak to the appraisers about the application of our Professional Practice Model into daily nursing practice.
We are looking for you to write something short and simple about how you apply the model into your practice or give a specific example such as “I helped my patient obtain their goal today” or “application of evidencebased research into our nursing practice.”
What does Magnet status mean to patients? In today’s world, patients are much more educated and discriminating and are seeking objective benchmarks that will aide them in choosing a health care provider. Magnet designation hospitals provide patients and their families with a benchmark by which to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive. The “Magnet” name helps patients identify hospitals where they can find satisfied nurses and expect to receive a higher level of care.
What does Magnet status mean to nurses? Magnet designation improves the quality of patient outcomes. Research shows that Magnet hospitals consistently provide the highest quality of care. The standards that Magnet hospitals must attain through this program are rigorous and they demand continual improvement. Nurses at Magnet hospitals consistently outperform non-Magnet organizations with better patient outcomes and report higher patient satisfaction rates.
Magnet hospitals report increased nurse retention and increased rates of job satisfaction. This can only be accomplished with the support and participation of all of the departments and employees in the health system that places the patient first and foremost in the mission of their daily work What’s in it for nurses? • A culture that focuses on improving patient outcomes • Professional growth and development by educational opportunities and support • A structure that encourages decision making at the bedside over clinical issues • An environment that recognizes and rewards competence • Low turnover and vacancy rates • Focus on professional autonomy • Enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration • Professional growth opportunities • Leadership opportunities • Opportunity to practice professional nursing with strong interdisciplinary teamwork that support autonomous practice of nursing • A culture that supports you to be the best nurse you can be!
July 2013 - Kenmore Mercy earns Pathway to Excellence April 2016 - Application submission November 2016 - Supplemental document submission December 2016 - Documentation accepted February 22 - 24 - Site visit from Magnet appraiser 60 days after visit - Earliest anticipated response regarding designation approval
Published on Feb 15, 2017