Ten years ago, Parkview Health began a journey. And this past Wednesday, we received the call we’d been waiting to receive since that day. Parkview hospitals have joined the ranks of the nation’s most elite by achieving Magnet® recognition.
What is Magnet?
Magnet designation is granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met.
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy review process that demands widespread participation from leadership and co-workers. The process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, on-site visits to each hospital and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.
Of the more than 6,300 hospitals in the United States, only 467 – or 7 percent – have achieved Magnet recognition. Parkview’s seven hospitals are among only 14 others in the state of Indiana.
What does it mean?
According to the ANCC, Magnet designation indicates an organization in which nurses can flourish as professionals. These select entities place an emphasis on providing their nursing teams with the professional autonomy to make clinical decisions at patient bedsides. They also involve nurses in decisions regarding the patient care environment.
“Across the health system we have created a culture that reminds our nursing teams why they entered the field,” Mike Packnett, President and CEO, Parkview Health, said. “One with caring and compassion, and opportunities for professional development.”
Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:
- 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.
- Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
- Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.
It took teamwork.
This prestigious recognition was achieved due to the dedication and world-class teamwork of our co-workers. Each day, we demonstrate our commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our patients, and Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that Parkview is dedicated to providing to the communities we serve.
“I’ve said several times this isn’t just an award we are hoping for, it’s a true reflection of who we are,” Judy Boerger, chief nursing executive, said. “And that makes me so proud. I am proud to be a Parkview nurse.”
Congratulations to everyone in our Parkview family. We are Magnet!