The Journey to Magnet Excellence: An Update - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on October 31, 2011

The Journey to Magnet Excellence: An Update

Achieving Magnet designation does not happen overnight. Nurses throughout Crozer-Keystone Health System have been working diligently for several years to strengthen every aspect of nursing and then compare ourselves with the standards the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center [ANCC] has set within the Magnet application. The culmination of this came on June 30, 2010, when Crozer-Keystone nurse leaders from all levels overwhelmingly voted to aggressively pursue Magnet designation.

In February 2011, after seven months of intense work on the part of many people, Crozer-Keystone submitted its Magnet documentation to the ANCC and to four of their expert appraisers. The next step is to be determined. In light of information gathered from other Magnet designated hospitals, it is not only possible that the ANCC will ask for more information but is most likely prior to deciding if CKHS is site visit worthy.

Although the appraisers’ decision is unknown to-date, our Magnet Ambassadors have continued their mission to keep CKHS nurses and all staff informed. A concerted effort has been made to ensure that nurses understand Magnet values, how those values impact nurses, patients and the interdisciplinary team, and where we are in the Magnet application process. All of this has been accomplished through a number of MAD Days — or Magnet Awareness Days, a Valentines Day appreciation event, and a Document Rollout Day to name a few. Events will continue to keep the spirit of Magnet alive as we grow nearer to “decision day.”

“What has most impressed me during this process is the contagious enthusiasm displayed by our nursing staff,” says Nancy Bucher, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer for Crozer-Keystone. “This is truly their accomplishment.”

Zanet Lester, RN, BSN, MSHA, director of CKHS Center for Nursing Excellence, echoes that sentiment.

“When I look at the volume material included in the Magnet document, I am in awe of all that CKHS nurses do to give the best nursing care everyday. We didn’t pursue Magnet just for the award, we pursued it for our patients,” she says. “Magnet is about our tireless pursuit of providing quality nursing care to our patients.”

Lester adds, “We didn’t pursue Magnet just for recognition the award could bring to our health system. More importantly we pursued it for our patients and for how it reflects the exceptional care you, our nurses, endeavor to give.”