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Crozer-Keystone to Apply for Magnet Designation

Crozer-Keystone nursing leaders from all levels − bedside, clinical directors and administration − met on June 30 at the Drexelbrook Conference Center. A presentation by the chief nurses, Nancy Bucher, RN, MSN, NEA-BC; Noreen Caldwell, RNC, MSHA; Nancy Politarhos, RN, MSN; and Jo-Zetta Shawl, RN, MHA, NEA-BC, defined the pursuit of Magnet™ designation.

After a spirited question and answer session, the nurses overwhelmingly agreed that CKHS should aggressively pursue designation by submitting documents to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in early February 2011.

Here is a brief summary of the presentation:

  • Pursuing and maintaining Magnet designation requires nursing excellence and a lifelong process of improvement in these key areas:
    • Leadership
    • Shared governance
    • Autonomy and accountability
    • Collaborative relationships
    • Innovation in evidence-based practice
    • Professional growth
    • Community outreach
    • Quality outcomes
    • Patient and staff satisfaction
  • Magnet serves as a catalyst for quality care and better outcomes.
  • Magnet increases nurses’ control over their nursing practice, enabling them to better use their knowledge and expertise.
  • Nurses gain respect as clinicians through Magnet.
  • Striving for the patient care standards required to achieve Magnet designation leads to better outcomes and better reimbursements, which improves nursing job stability.
  • Magnet designation enhances the respect and value held for nursing by patients and their families, interdisciplinary team members, hospital administration and the community.

Together, all of these factors provide nurses with increased job satisfaction and a greater sense of pride in knowing that they are providing the best possible patient care.

“We want to pursue Magnet designation because it is a visible symbol of excellence and reflects the heart and soul of our nurses who strive daily for professional excellence,” Bucher says.

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