ANCC Magnet Journey at ROPH

Vision for Magnet

ANCC Magnet-recognized organizations will serve as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally. Grounded in core Magnet principles, they will be flexible and constantly striving for discovery and innovation. They will lead the reformation of health care, the discipline of nursing, and care of the patient, family, and community.

Overarching the new Magnet Model components is an acknowledgment of Global Issues in Nursing and Health Care. While not technically a Model Component, this category includes the various factors and challenges facing nursing and health care today.

Rush Oak Park Hospital is proud to be ANCC Magnet Program recognized

We are pleased and proud to announce that Rush Oak Park Hospital has received Magnet designation, the highest recognition given for nursing excellence. Only 7 percent of the nation’s 5,700 hospitals have achieved Magnet status, and Rush Oak Park Hospital is one of only 54 similarly sized hospitals (between 200 and 300 beds) in the world to earn this designation. 

The American Nurses Credentialing Center – an independently governed organization within the American Nurses Association – shared the good news in a recent call, adding that, “Magnet organizations are recognized for superior nursing processes and quality patient care, which lead to the highest levels of safety, quality and patient satisfaction.”

Being able to display the Magnet badge tells our community what we already know: Exceptional care is impossible without exceptional nurses. Evidence shows that Magnet hospitals have shorter lengths of patient stay, higher patient satisfaction rates and lower mortality rates. As more consumers compare quality of care, the Magnet badge of honor lets them know that they can expect unparalleled service and care at Rush Oak Park Hospital.

We are especially thankful to our Magnet champion, Rachel Start, who led a vigorous, months-long effort leading up to a comprehensive site visit. More than half of our nurses were directly involved in that visit and all were involved in assembling the 78 sets of information that the ANCC reviewed. It bears mentioning that, unlike most hospitals, these champions led this effort without relying on outside consultants. 

While Magnet designation recognizes nursing excellence, this is also an organizational achievement. The Magnet team also interviewed physicians, patients, members of the community and many other key stakeholders at the hospital. They evaluated ROPH nursing with regard to the following:

  • Quality patient outcomes
  • Innovative, patient-focused initiatives
  • Nursing and interdisciplinary efforts to improve patient safety
  • Work and patient care environments
  • How clinical nurses are involved in decision making
  • Professional development of the nursing staff
  • Efforts to reduce turnover

Magnet Recognition Program overview

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing. Developed by ANCC, Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

Benefits of Magnet designation

  • Attract and retain top talent.
  • Improve patient care, safety and satisfaction.
  • Foster a collaborative culture.
  • Advance nursing standards and practice.
  • Grow your business and financial success.

Magnet: In Support of Patient Safety

National Recognition of Magnet

  • U.S. News & World Report uses Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties.
    • In 2013, 15 of the 18 medical centers on the exclusive U.S. News Best Hospitals in America Honor Roll, and all 10 of the U.S. News Best Children's Hospital Honor Roll, are ANCC Magnet-recognized organizations.
  • In the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the nation's oldest survey comparing hospital performance in safety, quality and efficiency, Magnet designation automatically earns full credit for Safe Practice #9. Nursing Workforce. This section of the survey scores hospitals on their commitment to staffing with highly trained nurses and putting nurses in leadership positions that allow them substantial input on patient safety issues.
    • Magnet requires organizations to develop, disseminate and enculturate evidence-based criteria that result in a positive work environment for nurses and, by extension, all employees.

Goals and guiding principles

The Magnet Recognition Program advances three goals within health care organizations:

  • Promote quality in a setting that supports professional practice.
  • Identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients/residents.
  • Disseminate best practices in nursing services.

Understand the Magnet model

Understand the Magnet Model

History of Magnet

The original Magnet research study conducted in 1983 identified 14 characteristics that differentiated organizations best able to recruit and retain nurses during the nursing shortages of the 1970s and 1980s. These characteristics remain known as the ANCC Forces of Magnetism that provide the conceptual framework for the Magnet appraisal process.

Described as the heart of the Magnet Recognition Program, the Forces of Magnetism are attributes or outcomes that exemplify nursing excellence. The full expression of the Forces of Magnetism is required to achieve Magnet designation and embodies a professional environment guided by a strong and visionary nursing leader who advocates and supports excellence in nursing practice.

(ANCC, 2015, History of the Magnet Program)

Forces of Magnetism

  1. Quality of nursing leadership
  2. Organizational structure
  3. Management style
  4. Personnel policies and programs
  5. Professional models of care
  6. Quality of care
  7. Quality improvement
  8. Consultation and resources
  9. Autonomy
  10. Community and health care organization
  11. Nurses as teachers
  12. Image of nursing
  13. Interdisciplinary relationships
  14. Professional development

Credential marks

Organizations that initiate the Journey to Magnet Excellence or achieve Magnet designation gain the advantage of using one of the official logos (shown below) in their marketing and promotion.The Magnet Recognition Program and Journey to Magnet Excellence certification marks are legally trademarked symbols and must be used in accordance with the Magnet Recognition Logo Guidelines and the Journey to Magnet Excellence Logo Guidelines.