Highest Level Of Recognition Equals Highest Level Of Care For Patients
We dedicate space in every issue of Smart Living to the Magnet nurses of St. Joseph’s/Candler. But what exactly is a Magnet nurse, and how does it benefit the patient? The answer is sure to pull you in:
Established in 1994, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services is the highest level of recognition that can be accomplished by organized nursing services in the national and international healthcare communities. The ANCC has designated St. Joseph’s/Candler as a Magnet hospital four consecutive times, making it one of only five in Georgia and 378 in the world.
“Our nurses use the best practices that give our patients the best outcomes, and that is why they have earned four Magnet designations,” says Sherry Danello, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Each of our 1,500 nurses should have an enormous sense of pride and accomplishment for reaching this goal.”
Independent research has shown Magnet designated hospitals have nurses with more education, more years of experience, better job satisfaction and better patient care. Magnet designated hospitals also demonstrate a more positive and supportive environment for nurse empowerment, professional development and satisfaction.
St. Joseph’s/Candler submits three years worth of data from all units where nursing is practiced at both hospitals. Each of those units has to reach 100 percent of their benchmarks in order to earn Magnet status. Patients can view Magnet status as one of the ultimate measures of quality care.
“Being a Magnet hospital has helped us attract the best nursing talent in the region and country,” Danello says. “We couldn’t have achieved this without our patient care team and medical staff coming together to work through these rigorous evaluations.”
St. Joseph's/Candler was first designated a Magnet facility in 2002, becoming the only local health institution to achieve such status and the 44th in the world. The health system received re-designations in 2006, 2010, and 2015—a rare accomplishment of status that is shared with only three percent of hospitals in the country. Now applying for a fifth designation, St. Joseph’s/Candler continues its legacy of excellent patient care as well as its support of nursing development and nursing leadership.