SJUMC Receives Highest Nursing Credential

magnet-awardMagnet Recognition reinforces commitment to providing nursing excellence

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, which includes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® — for the fourth time, 16 consecutive years. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing and is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

“Magnet Recognition serves as a means for acknowledging peak performance and recognizes extraordinary innovations that transform hospital environments – it is an incredible source of pride for our nurses and St. Joseph’s as a whole. The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program surveyors complimented St. Joseph’s University Medical Center’s high standard for nursing education, including our doctorate, masters and BSN nurses; St. Joseph’s many state and national recognitions; our innovative programs, including the Emergency Department Pivot Nursing Project; and the overall strength of our Magnet recognition application and survey results, as these all pertain to St. Joseph’s outstanding efforts in providing consistently superior patient care amidst a period of facility expansion and renovation,” said Maria Brennan, DNP, RN, CPHQ, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph’s Health, and Vice President, Patient Care Services, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center.

“St. Joseph’s is extremely proud and honored to earn Magnet® recognition for the fourth consecutive time. It is yet another confirmation of the excellent health services that our organization offers to the many thousands of people who depend on us for their lifes care,” added Mrs. Brennan. “This is an organization that truly values its nursing team. Along with many years as a Magnet hospital, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is also distinguished as the only winner, world-wide of The Magnet Prize® in 2010, awarded to St. Joseph’s for innovative nursing practice.”

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Reports annual showcase of “Americas Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an application demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the period since the hospital received its most recent recognition.

In particular, the Magnet Model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information,
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue,
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses, and
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position.

“We’re a better institution today because of our longstanding history as a Magnet hospital,” said Mrs. Brennan. “Magnet continues to enable us to raise the bar for patient care and inspires every member of our health care team to achieve excellence daily. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that enabled St. Joseph’s to become the 15th hospital in the United States to be granted ANCC Magnet Recognition for the first time 16 years ago, and it’s why we continue to be recognized as a Magnet hospital today.”

Being granted Magnet recognition for the fourth time since 1999 is a great achievement for St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, as it continues to proudly belong to the Magnet community—a select group of 401 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.

“Receiving Magnet recognition for the fourth time confirms what we already know – that St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, including St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital nurses are among our Nation’s very best! It is with great pleasure that we add this momentous success to our long list of accomplishments,” said William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph’s Health.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®

“The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information visit”

May 28, 2014


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