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The American Nurse Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. American Nurse Today encourages you to read the articles below to learn about the achievements of these organizations and the individuals behind them.

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Sonya Wood-Johnson, MSN, RN, PCCN; Suzanna Ho, MSN, RN; and Melanie Rainford, MSN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC

Today’s healthcare organizations need to improve patient safety, which includes effectively communicating information to nurses about safety incidents and how to address them. After all, frontline nurses are at the sharp edge of patient care—the last step before an error occurs. But communicating to staff in a large . . .

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Wendy Tuzik Micek, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

After preparing and submitting documents to the Magnet Recognition Program®, you and your colleagues wait, hoping for a phone call to announce a site visit, the next step in the process of obtaining designation as a Magnet® organization. Finally, the anticipated phone call occurs, and the visit is scheduled. You . . .

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Stephanie A. Walton, MSN, RN, and Deb Sitter, MA, BSN, BSM, RN-BC

Our hospital systems’ journey to obtain Magnet® recognition led to an excellent opportunity: the chance to revamp and improve our nursing orientation program as part of the effort to achieve excellence in nursing practice. Our system consists of three hospitals that historically held separate nursing orientations—we combined them into . . .

January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: Kelsey Vukov, MS, RN; Jack Davis, MSN, RN, ONC; and Patricia Quinlan, PhD, MPA, RN, CPHQ

Organizational involvement in community service is a key component of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®. Healthcare organizations with Magnet® recognition can address community healthcare needs through partnerships and programs. This article describes how nurses at a big-city specialty hospital developed and evaluated a nurse-driven . . .

January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: Christina L. Dobson, MSN, BS, FNP, RN

The National Magnet Nurse of the Year® awards from the American Nurses Credentialing Center recognize the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses from Magnet®-recognized organizations for innovation, consultation, leadership, and professional risk-taking. The awards are presented for each Magnet® Model component. (See Magnet® Model.) A road map for organizations . . .

March 2016 Vol. 11 No. 3

Author: Sarah Clark, MSN, RN, CCRN, CHSE

A few years ago, when Cone Health (based in Greensboro, North Carolina) decided to strive for top-decile health-system status by 2015, work began on changing the culture to match leadership’s values. One of our seven breakthrough projects (those with the potential to fundamentally shift how we deliver . . .

March 2016 Vol. 11 No. 3

Author: Jill A. Kelley, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, and Melanie M. Heuston, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Organizations pursuing Magnet® recognition must ensure the evidence supports the structures in place for frontline nurses to address ethical issues. What’s more, the organization’s nurses need to have a strong understanding of the American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Nurses.
In 2012, the chief nursing officer . . .

March 2016 Vol. 11 No. 3

Author: Nell Buhlman, MBA

In today’s increasingly competitive healthcare market, effective nursing practice is a critical component of high-value care and an essential driver of health system success. To achieve and sustain a competitive advantage, hospital leaders must understand and respond to the full range of factors that influence nursing and make . . .

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Kaycee Shiskowsky, BSN, MBA, RN-BC, and Mary Krugman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

“Iam involved in decisions that affect my work.” Many hospitals are striving to achieve better scores on this important employee-engagement survey question, as well as to incorporate a robust shared leadership program to meet recommendations of the Magnet Recognition Program®.

At the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) in Aurora . . .

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN; Kimberly A. Weiss, MSN, FNP-BC; and Ingrid Herrera-Capoziello, MSN, RN, ANP NURSING

The transition from novice to expert nurse has been an important topic in nursing circles for more than 30 years, since Patricia Benner adapted the Dreyfus model of skills acquisition to the nursing profession. The model still serves as an excellent conceptual framework for the professional development of new nurses . . .

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Christina L. Dobson, MSN, BS, FNP, RN

Left to right: Dr. Michael L. Evans, President, ANCC; award winners June K. Amling, Christina M. Tussey, Cathy C. Cartwright, Toni M. Standley, and Michelle L. Witkop; Donna Havens, Chair, Commission on Magnet® Recognition; Linda C. Lewis, Chief ANCC Officer/Executive Vice President

The National Magnet Nurse of the Year . . .

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Susan Winslow, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Organizations on the path to obtaining Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) appoint a single source of communication and contact—the Magnet Program Director (MPD). For new MPDs, this role can be overwhelming or amazing, depending on the orientation, available mentoring, and outcome of the organization’s . . .

September 2015 Vol. 10 No. 9

Author: Carol Tierney, PhD, RN, NEA-B; James Healy, BS; and Ali Reed

At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), clinical nurses faced multiple challenges during a 6-week period in 2013:

hospital-wide rollout of a new clinical pump
triennial visit by The Joint Commission
recent implementation of a new professional practice model
impending upgrade of the electronic medical record
American . . .

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