Riverside Achieves Magnet® Recognition for the Second Time
Riverside Medical Center received notice on July 20, 2016 that it had received Magnet designation for the second time, showing proof of the organization's continued nursing excellence. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program identifies superior quality in nursing care by evaluating performance outcomes. Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing practice.
Riverside is proud of our continued Magnet recognition, which is proof of our dedication to quality patient care. Research shows that Magnet-recognized organizations consistently demonstrate:
- Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information.
- Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
- Lower rates of falls.
Currently, only 441 U.S. health care organizations out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. An organization that reapplies for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance, and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.
ANCC evaluates organizations seeking both initial Magnet recognition and recertification, judging how well organizations perform in the five foundations of the Magnet Model, which correlate to global issues in nursing and health care. ANCC looks at the degree to which leaders:
- Transform the organization to meet changing needs.
- Empower staff members and prepare them to face all challenges.
- Promote exemplary professional practice.
- Foster innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice, and systemic improvements.
- Measure and evaluate outcomes throughout the entire organization.
Riverside is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest-quality care, and this renewed recognition confirms our success in this endeavor.
Facts About the Magnet Recognition Program®
- The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence and to disseminate successful nursing practices and strategies.
- The Magnet program is recognized as the gold standard of nursing excellence. Currently, only 468 of the more than 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations have received the credential.
(Note: Please see http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Magnet/FindaMagnetFacility.aspx for the current number of Magnet-recognized organizations, as it changes frequently.)
- The Magnet program was initially formed in 1990 as the Magnet Hospital Recognition Program for Excellence in Nursing Services; its criteria were based on findings from a 1983 study conducted by the American Academy of Nursing's Task Force on Nursing Practice in Hospitals, which identified 14 characteristics that created an environment conducive to attracting and retaining well-qualified nurses who promoted quality care. These 14 characteristics became known as the "Forces of Magnetism." In 2002, the program was officially changed to the Magnet Recognition Program.
- The Magnet Recognition Program® is a road map for nursing excellence. It is a program based on evidence and research. Research comparing Magnet organizations with non-Magnet organizations has found Magnet recognition to be associated with improved nursesensitive indicators, including lower rates of falls and improved skin integrity. Additionally, in studies of Magnet environment characteristics, more positive practice environments have been associated with higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information, as well as lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue.
- The Magnet application and review process is rigorous and lengthy and demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The steps are as follows:
- This process begins with the submission of an electronic application.
- Next, the applicant submits written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes.
- If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant.
- After this rigorous on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.
- Magnet recognition is in effect for four years and can be renewed if an organization reapplies and continues to demonstrate performance according to quality benchmarks and reporting.
- The Magnet Recognition Program® focuses on advancing three goals within each Magnet
- Promoting quality in a setting that supports professional practice
- Identifying excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients
- Disseminating "best practices" in nursing services
- The Forces of Magnetism serve as the foundation of the current Magnet Model, which is composed of five key components that place greater focus on measuring quality, patient care, and performance outcomes. These principles are:
- Transformational Leadership
- Structural Empowerment
- Exemplary Professional Practice
- New Knowledge, Innovation, and Improvement
- Empirical Quality Results
What Magnet Means for Patients
- Patients are assured that their hospital holds the top credential for excellence in nursing.
- Research comparing Magnet organizations with non-Magnet organizations found Magnet recognition to be associated with lower rates of falls and improved skin integrity.
- In studies of Magnet environments, more positive practice environments have been associated with these characteristics:
- Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information
- Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescuev
What Magnet Means for Nurses
- Magnet-recognized organizations employ the best-trained and most qualitied nurses.
- Magnet facilities outperform other hospitals in both recruiting and retaining nursing professionals, resulting in higher employee satisfaction and lower staff turnover.
- In studies of Magnet environment characteristics, more positive practice environments have been associated with higher nurse-perceived quality of care and unit effectiveness.
What Magnet Means for Healthcare Organizations
- Low staff turnover rates lead directly to cost savings:
- Recent studies have shown that the cost of nurse turnover ranges from $22,000 to more than $64,000 per nurse.
- Facilities with turnover rates of less than 12% have a lower cost per discharge, compared with organizations with turnover rates that exceed 21%.
- Hospitals with a turnover rate of 20% or higher experience increased costs and lower return on assets, compared with hospitals with significantly lower turnover rates.
- Highly qualified and satisfied staffs have a positive impact on patient safety, and are more
likely to prevent adverse events that can harm patients and increase hospital costs:
- Research shows that failure to retain nurses contributes to avoidable patient deaths.
- Hospitals with better-educated nurses have lower mortality rates.
- A 10% increase in the proportion of baccalaureate-prepared nurses is associated with nine fewer deaths for every 1,000 discharged patients.
Magnet Hospitals Are Recognized for Excellence
- Of the 15 "major teaching hospitals" on the Thompson Reuters “Top 100 Hospitals” list, 11 are Magnet-recognized organizations. In addition, 12 of the 25 teaching hospitals with 200 or more acute beds are Magnet organizations.
- According to Becker's Hospital Review, nine out of the 10 best hospitals in America in 2009 were Magnet-recognized. The publication describes their top 10 organizations as “leaders in all elements of quality care, drivers of innovation and trendsetters. [...] They are model businesses and establish the bar for excellence.”
- Magnet recognition is used as a criterion by U.S. News & World Report when it determines its annual showcase of “America's Best Hospitals.” In 2010:
- Eight of the top 10 medical centers on the magazine's Honor Roll were Magnetrecognized.
- Six of the eight hospitals on the magazine's Children's Hospital Honor Roll achieved Magnet recognition.
- Job satisfaction and employee retention rates are higher at Magnet-recognized organizations.
For current statistics, please visit http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Magnet/ProgramOverview/Magnet-Characteristics.aspx
*Defined as the average number of vacant full-time equivalent (FTE) positions divided by the average number of budgeted FTE positions.