Magnet Recognition Program : A Model Of Excellence Essay

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For over two decades, the Magnet Recognition Program evolved into a model of excellence that hospitals are striving to obtain. The purpose of this paper is to review the history of the Magnet Recognition Program; the criteria hospitals must meet to obtain Magnet status and how preparing for and maintaining Magnet status influence and create positive changes in organizations.
Overview of the Magnet Designation In the 1980’s, the American Academy of Nursing’s Task Force on Nursing Practice in Hospitals conducted a study on healthcare organizations that were attracting nurses and providing excellent patient care. These characteristics became known as the “forces of magnetism.” At that time, Forty-one institutions were called “magnet” hospitals. (Mason, Leavitt, & Chaffee, 2014) In December 1990, the ANA Board of Directors approved the initial proposal for the Magnet Hospital Recognition Program for Excellence in Nursing Services. This program, now called the Magnet Recognition Program, requires hospitals to go through a multistep process in order to achieve Magnet designation. An application must be submitted, and a site visit will be conducted to review the hospitals demonstration in excellent nursing standards and a final review for credentialing will be done by the Commission on Magnet. The set of standards is known as the Magnet Model. In 2010, 370 U.S. hospitals achieved Magnet status. (Mason et al., 2014)
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