The Importance Of Magnet Status In Healthcare

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The focus of this paper is how when a hospital obtains Magnet status it drives many positive changes in healthcare institutions. When hospitals are considered Magnet hospitals that is very attractive to nurses and companies, it makes them want to be a part of the institution. The purpose of this paper is to show how Magnet status drives healthcare change in institutions. Overview of the Magnet Designation The Magnet program idea was first brought about by nurse researchers in 1980 who wanted to figure out why there was such a high turnover rate of nurses and so many open positions. So one thing these nurses did was find hospitals that had low turnover rates and things that were going good. Instead of the researchers looking for the negative …show more content…
There are 4 phases of the application which include submitting an application, submit written documentation to demonstrate excellence in nursing standards, participating in a site visit, and lastly a final review by the commission. When many hospitals apply for Magnet status it takes many years to achieve it because of the many steps. During the application process the hospitals must submit documentation that the hospital meets 88 standards throughout the five Magnet model components. If the hospital then meets these standards it will be awarded Magnet status. Then in turn these standards of the Magnet program become a road map for the higher ups to use to create nursing excellence and quality patient …show more content…
Magnet Designation has been in the works since the 1980s and was approved by the ANA in December of 1990. (Diana J Mason, 2014) The Magnet Application process is a very rigorous process which takes several years to obtain, but once obtained there are key components that must be implanted in their healthcare institutions to keep their status. The 14 forces of Magnetism were reduced to 5 components 1. Transformational Leadership, 2. Structural Empowerment, 3. Exemplary Professional Practice, 4. New knowledge innovations and improvements, 5. Empirical outcomes. Hospitals have to have strong policy and procedures in place to be able to keep all the hospital staff on one accord. Based on the evidence many of the nurses that work in Magnet Designation hospitals have better quality and patient care. They also have nurses that do not mind coming to work and are happy to work in an institution that they feel appreciated and are constantly

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