ANCC Magnet Journey at ROPH

Vision for Magnet

ANCC Magnet-recognized organizations will serve as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally. Grounded in core Magnet principles, they will be flexible and constantly striving for discovery and innovation. They will lead the reformation of health care, the discipline of nursing, and care of the patient, family, and community.

Overarching the new Magnet Model components is an acknowledgment of Global Issues in Nursing and Health Care. While not technically a Model Component, this category includes the various factors and challenges facing nursing and health care today.

Rush Oak Park Hospital is on the Magnet journey!

In November of 2014 Rush Oak Park Hospital submitted Intent to Apply to the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. In April of 2015 ROPH will submit the required Documentation of Magnet Model Components and Sources of Evidence, which is a comprehensive review of nursing, the interprofessional team, the environment and accompanying excellent outcomes present at the institution. Nursing has worked hard to put patients first while also advancing practice and collaboration within the organization and team. ROPH hopes to have success and an eventual site visit by ANCC Magnet Appraisers later in the year towards the goal of achieving this benchmark of quality patient care, excellence and innovation in professional nursing practice and overall healthcare delivery. Documentation and Announcements regarding this process will be available on this site in the upcoming months.

Currently, there are only 406 hospitals that have achieved this distinction. See a full list.

Please see below a full description of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program.

Documentation and Announcements regarding this process will be available on this site in the upcoming months.

Magnet Recognition Program overview

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing. Developed by ANCC, Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

Benefits of Magnet designation

  • Attract and retain top talent.
  • Improve patient care, safety and satisfaction.
  • Foster a collaborative culture.
  • Advance nursing standards and practice.
  • Grow your business and financial success.

Magnet: In Support of Patient Safety

National Recognition of Magnet

  • U.S. News & World Report uses Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties.
    • In 2013, 15 of the 18 medical centers on the exclusive U.S. News Best Hospitals in America Honor Roll, and all 10 of the U.S. News Best Children's Hospital Honor Roll, are ANCC Magnet-recognized organizations.
  • In the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the nation's oldest survey comparing hospital performance in safety, quality and efficiency, Magnet designation automatically earns full credit for Safe Practice #9. Nursing Workforce. This section of the survey scores hospitals on their commitment to staffing with highly trained nurses and putting nurses in leadership positions that allow them substantial input on patient safety issues.
    • Magnet requires organizations to develop, disseminate and enculturate evidence-based criteria that result in a positive work environment for nurses and, by extension, all employees.

Goals and guiding principles

The Magnet Recognition Program advances three goals within health care organizations:

  • Promote quality in a setting that supports professional practice.
  • Identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients/residents.
  • Disseminate best practices in nursing services.

Understand the Magnet model

Understand the Magnet Model

Characteristics of Magnet hospitals 

Characteristics of Magnet Hospitals

History of Magnet

The original Magnet research study conducted in 1983 identified 14 characteristics that differentiated organizations best able to recruit and retain nurses during the nursing shortages of the 1970s and 1980s. These characteristics remain known as the ANCC Forces of Magnetism that provide the conceptual framework for the Magnet appraisal process.

Described as the heart of the Magnet Recognition Program, the Forces of Magnetism are attributes or outcomes that exemplify nursing excellence. The full expression of the Forces of Magnetism is required to achieve Magnet designation and embodies a professional environment guided by a strong and visionary nursing leader who advocates and supports excellence in nursing practice.

(ANCC, 2015, History of the Magnet Program)

Forces of Magnetism

  1. Quality of nursing leadership
  2. Organizational structure
  3. Management style
  4. Personnel policies and programs
  5. Professional models of care
  6. Quality of care
  7. Quality improvement
  8. Consultation and resources
  9. Autonomy
  10. Community and health care organization
  11. Nurses as teachers
  12. Image of nursing
  13. Interdisciplinary relationships
  14. Professional development

Credential marks

Organizations that initiate the Journey to Magnet Excellence or achieve Magnet designation gain the advantage of using one of the official logos (shown below) in their marketing and promotion.The Magnet Recognition Program and Journey to Magnet Excellence certification marks are legally trademarked symbols and must be used in accordance with the Magnet Recognition Logo Guidelines and the Journey to Magnet Excellence Logo Guidelines.