Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak earns Magnet nursing redesignation

1/30/2014

Magnet is the highest form of recognition of nursing excellence

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak has once again achieved the highest recognition for nursing excellence through the Magnet recognition program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

Beaumont, Royal Oak became Michigan’s first Magnet-designated hospital in 2004, earning its first redesignation in 2008. The new redesignation was a unanimous decision by the ANCC and will last four years.

The Magnet program was created in 1994 to recognize health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.


Nurses celebrate Magnet redesignation
at Beaumont, Royal Oak.

“This is a great honor for all of us who work at Beaumont, Royal Oak, particularly the nurses who are directly caring for our patients,” says Maureen Bowman, RN, vice president and chief nursing officer. “This reinforces what we’ve known all along. Beaumont’s caring nurses are truly committed to providing outstanding clinical and compassionate care to our patients and their loved ones. I am proud to call myself a Beaumont nurse.”

Magnet hospitals have better patient outcomes and offer an environment where nursing professionalism is encouraged and where there is a strong commitment to teamwork, education and to improving standards for patient care. Magnet hospitals demonstrate excellence in the management, philosophy and practice of nursing; adhere to national standards to improve patient care quality; and understand and respect the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients, their families and other health care providers.

“We are very proud to receive this prestigious recognition of the efforts put forth each and every day by our nurses, physicians and all of those who support the care of patients or work behind the scenes,” says Shane Cerone, senior vice president and hospital director, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. “This is what makes our hospital such a special place for patients to receive care, resulting in the best possible patient outcomes.”

A critical component of Magnet designation is shared leadership for nursing professionalism. This is exemplified at Beaumont by the Professional Nurse Councils at all three Beaumont hospitals that are made up of nurses who serve in an advisory and decision-making role in nursing practice, professional development, outcomes and research. It is also demonstrated by Beaumont’s physician-led, nurse-partnered, administrator-supported management model.

In approving the redesignation, there were two exemplary practices that especially impressed Magnet surveyors. One was the chief nursing officer’s ability to influence organizationwide changes as a voting member of Beaumont’s board of directors. The other, was translation of new knowledge into improved nursing practices and better patient outcomes through process improvement activities involving front-line nurses.

There are 14 Magnet-designated hospitals in Michigan, including Beaumont, Troy which earned the recognition in 2009. There are 397 Magnet hospitals around the world.

Beaumont, Royal Oak employs more than 3,000 nurses, nursing assistants and nurse technicians.