Christiana Care Health System's journey toward achieving American
Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program designation
took a giant step forward on Aug. 3, 2009, when Christiana Care
officially submitted its Magnet documentation to the American Nursing
Credentialing Center. This was the culmination of many hours of hard
work by nurses throughout Christiana Care.
“Today symbolizes a major step toward Magnet designation – the submission of our written documents,” said Janet Cunningham, RN, MHA, NEA-BC, CENP, vice president for Professional Excellence, associate chief nursing officer and Magnet Program director.
Nursing staff and supporters throughout the health care system cheered, waved and applauded as five binders containing nearly 1,300 pages of Magnet documents were given ceremonial send-offs at both Christiana and Wilmington hospitals.
Nursing staff throughout the system offered good-luck tokens representing their teams to accompany the Magnet application on its journey. In a symbolic send-off, the application was loaded into a security van and whisked away with sirens and flashing lights.
“The energy and excitement was palpable throughout both Wilmington and Christiana hospitals,” Cunningham said. “It was great to see so many staff and physicians joining in the application send-off.”
Magnet certification is an elite status awarded to health care institutions that embody nursing excellence. After the documentation arrives at the ANCC’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., the report will be reviewed by four nurse surveyors assigned to Christiana Care who will determine if Christiana Care proceeds to the next step in the process, which is an on-site evaluation.
In addition to Cunningham, speakers at the send-off events included: Bob Laskowski, M.D., president and CEO; Gary Ferguson, chief operating officer; Diane Talarek, MA, RN, CNA, senior vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer; Penny Seiple, MSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, vice president of Patient Care Services; and Janice Nevin, M.D., MPH, senior vice president/executive director and assistant chief medical officer.
The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to
recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence.
The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating successful
nursing practices and strategies.
Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. When U.S. News & World Report publishes its annual showcase of "America's Best Hospitals," being a Nurse Magnet facility contributes to the total score for quality of inpatient care. Of the hospitals listed on the exclusive 2007 Honor Roll rankings (July 23, 2007), seven of the top ten were Magnet hospitals.
The Magnet Recognition Program is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice as defined in the newly revised 3rd edition of the ANA Nursing Administration: Scope & Standards of Practice (2009). The Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators and other "foundational documents" form the base upon which the Magnet environment is built. The Magnet designation process includes the appraisal of qualitative factors in nursing. These factors, referred to as "Forces of Magnetism" were first identified through research done in 1983.
The full expression of the Forces embodies a professional environment guided by a strong visionary nursing leader who advocates and supports development and excellence in nursing practice. As a natural outcome of this, the program elevates the reputation and standards of the nursing profession.