The CKHS Journey to Nursing Excellence and Magnet™ Designation - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

The CKHS Journey to Nursing Excellence and Magnet™ Designation


Crozer-Keystone to Submit Written Documentation in February 2011

A message from Nancy Bucher, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, CKHS Chief Nursing Officer

Crozer-Keystone nursing leaders from all levels − bedside, clinical directors and administration − overwhelmingly agreed at a meeting held in June that CKHS should aggressively pursue Magnet™ designation. We will submit documents to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in early February, 2011.

During the meeting, I found it personally inspiring to hear nurses tell in their own words what Magnet means to them and what Magnet designation would mean to nursing in our hospitals. The voice of all 170 nurses attending the meeting came through loud and clear. The time has come for the quality of patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice at our five hospitals to be recognized. They believe, as I have for a long time, that our nursing staff provides premier care. 

We want our patients and their families, our entire CKHS staff and the public to know that we have the highest nursing standards and we work hard to maintain them. We constantly monitor the quality of our care and strive to make it better.

Through our Journey to Magnet Excellence, Crozer-Keystone has evolved into an open environment where nurses have the opportunity to enhance patient care by creating their own policies, procedures and practices, using evidence based practice to drive that work.

A number of our nurses are engaged in scholarly activities and research, furthering the fount of knowledge that is available to ensure good outcomes for our patients. The Magnet journey affords us an opportunity to acknowledge these nurses for their contributions to our science and excellent patient care.

Achieving Magnet status is one of the highest achievements a hospital can attain in the world of professional nursing. Only about 4 percent of the 5,756 hospitals in the nation are designated Magnet hospitals.

If anybody deserves Magnet designation, the nurses in our five hospitals do. Our nurses care for a complex patient population . . .  it isn’t at all unusual for them to care for a patient whose body has been shattered in an automobile accident, or someone who is in septic shock, a woman having a precipitous delivery, or a patient with serious burns to a good part of the body. It is challenging and complicated work, and our nurses rise to the occasion every time, providing Magnet-worthy care.

The ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious credentialing organization. It is time to tell them our story so they have the opportunity to recognize what we already know – Crozer-Keystone nurses are definitely Magnet-caliber practitioners!