It may be impossible to measure the true impact of nursing care on individual patients and families, but Magnet® recognition – the highest honor bestowed for nursing excellence – provides standards by which to measure the quality of nursing care. In 2018, Brigham and Women’s Hospital joined Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and approximately eight percent of the nation’s hospitals in receiving this prestigious designation.
The Magnet Recognition Program® is considered the gold standard for nursing practice, and it goes hand-in-hand with the highest levels of quality and safety. Research shows that Magnet®-recognized hospitals report higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, fewer pressure ulcers, fewer patient falls, higher job satisfaction among nurses, improved patient quality and safety, and decreased 30-day mortality rates.
Magnet® recognition is considered the gold standard for nursing practice.
The Magnet® program, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), assesses factors known to contribute to nursing excellence, including quality of nursing leadership, collaboration across specialties, and processes in place to measure and improve the delivery of care. In 2003, MGH became the first hospital in Massachusetts to achieve Magnet® recognition from the ANCC and has successfully met the rigorous standards for redesignation three times since then. “Magnet® designation is an ongoing journey that helps to identify and articulate those aspects of our practice that impact the care environment and the delivery of care to each and every patient and family,” explained Adele Keeley, RN, MGH’s Nursing Director of Gynecology/Oncology. “The resulting culture assures that all of us – within nursing and throughout the hospital – are working together at a high level to provide the safest and best possible care.”
As a new Magnet®-recognized institution following the lengthy evaluation process, the Brigham will also need to demonstrate continuous quality improvement to meet redesignation standards in 2022. “We are exceptionally proud of our 3,500 nurses for this well-deserved recognition of the care they provide with the multidisciplinary team,” says Madelyn Pearson, DNP, Brigham Health’s Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services. “Receiving Magnet® designation affirms what we and our patients already knew: that nursing care at the Brigham is world-class.” To continue to meet Magnet® standards, Pearson notes several initiatives underway to enhance patient outcomes and nurse resiliency, including resources aimed at supporting staff wellness.
“We celebrate this external validation of our commitment to patient care and outcomes – but we won’t stand still,” she continues. “We will continually build on what we have put in place with improved processes and an even more supportive practice environment across the entire organization.”