Magnet is highest form of nursing excellence recognition
For the second time, Beaumont Hospital, Troy has received Magnet status — the highest acknowledgment for nursing excellence through the Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.
Beaumont, Troy became a Magnet-designation hospital in 2009. The recent 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 nationwide for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition which showcases the compassionate, caring and professional team of nurses we have at Troy,” says Debbie Guido-Allen, RN, vice president and chief nursing officer, Beaumont, Troy. “While our Magnet redesignation highlights our nursing excellence, it also recognizes nursing’s connection and collaboration with the entire health care team — every employee, volunteer and physician, as together, we all commit to making Beaumont, Troy the best it can be. To achieve excellence is a great thing; to sustain excellence is a remarkable accomplishment. This redesignation demonstrates we are sustaining excellence.”
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 improving standards for patient care. These 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.
A critical component of Magnet designation is shared leadership within all levels of nursing. This is exemplified by the Professional Nurse Councils at all three Beaumont hospitals that are made up of direct care 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 several exemplary practices that were recognized by the ANCC. These include: the quality process, scores, kaizens, nursing satisfaction and the hospital’s relationship with the community.
There are 13 Magnet-designated hospitals in Michigan, including Beaumont, Royal Oak which earned redesignation earlier this year. There are 401 Magnet facilities around the world. Beaumont, Troy employs more than 1,400 nurses, nursing assistants and nurse technicians.