St. Christopher's Again Receives Highest Nursing Credential with Magnet Recognition

Top Quote St. Christopher's attained MagnetŪ recognition again. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. End Quote
  • Philadelphia, PA-NJ (1888PressRelease) March 13, 2015 - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children has again attained MagnetŪ recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition ProgramŪ.

    This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

    "St. Christopher's was honored to receive the Magnet recognition in the past and we feel even more accomplished to have received this credential for another three years," says Heidi Baur, RN, MS, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer at St. Christopher's. "This is a tremendous honor and I am extremely proud of the entire nursing team. The Magnet recognition further solidifies St. Christopher's long-standing commitment to providing high-quality and safe care to each of our patients."

    Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report's annual showcase of "America's Best Hospitals" includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

    To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

    An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its most recent recognition. In particular, the Magnet model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization's nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

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