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The ANCC Magnet Prize Program - Information for 2017 Submissions

Submissions for the 2017 ANCC Magnet Prize are now closed. 
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is proud to launch the 2017 ANCC Magnet Prize, sponsored by Cerner, a leading supplier of health care information technology. Their purpose is to encourage leading-edge nursing programs and practices by sponsoring the $50,000 purse associated with the ANCC Magnet Prize.

The ANCC Magnet Prize will be presented to the organization whose proposed project best describes cutting-edge research, practices, services, technologies, programs, or other exemplary innovations designed to increase the knowledge base of support for patient care and nursing excellence and to demonstrate positive outcomes. The award winner will have one year to further develop their proposed innovative program or project. They will return the following year to present the project outcomes at the 2018 ANCC National Magnet Conference®.

General Information

To further encourage the pursuit of excellence, in 2002 ANCC's board of directors established the Magnet Prize, which is awarded only to Magnet-recognized organizations. The award serves as a means for acknowledging peak performance. In many ways, the word Magnet® has become a philosophy and a symbol within the nursing profession for transforming work environments and for the continuous pursuit of excellence. Magnet recognition is an organization-wide commitment to a culture where excellence flourishes.

The intent of this monetary award is to provide the Magnet-recognized organization with the support to use translational research for a proposed project or program meaningful for nursing, patients, interprofessional colleagues, health care delivery systems, the public, and the global health care industry.

Applications will be evaluated by a blind, peer review process conducted by a committee of national nursing leaders that includes chief nursing officers (CNOs) from prior Magnet Prize-winning organizations, the Commission on Magnet Recognition, and the ANCC board of directors.

Magnet Prize Criteria

  • The Magnet Prize is awarded only to Magnet-recognized organizations.
  • Only one application may be submitted per organization.
  • The winning organization must be currently Magnet designated and in good standing through October 31, 2018.
  • The Magnet Prize will be awarded for a proposed program or project that:
    • Is an extraordinary innovation that is unique, novel, or creative in the means utilized to address the identified problem or need;
    • Is initiated by nurses;
    • Involves all appropriate individuals, including staff nurses and other services as appropriate, in its conception and implementation;
    • Is transformative of nursing, patient care, or the nursing environment;
    • Clearly can be seen as enduring and able to be replicated in other settings; and
    • Clearly has the potential for positive outcomes empirically linked to the innovation.

Should Your Magnet Organization Apply?

If you answer yes to most of the criteria listed above, you are strongly encouraged to apply for ANCC's Magnet Prize.

Application Process

  • Download the application form.
  • Specific instructions on the preparation of the nomination and supplemental material are described on the nomination form. Please note the requirement to “blind” all references to the submitting organization in the description of the innovation.
  • Applications are due March 31, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT).
  • Applications for the Magnet Prize may be submitted by any representative of a Magnet organization who is familiar with the innovation. The CNO must be listed on the application, with contact information in the event(s) he is not the nominator.
  • Note: Complete the disclaimer statement on the application attesting that the organization’s compliance and/or legal officer has been consulted as appropriate and certifying that the organization is eligible to receive the ANCC Magnet Prize™ purse and the travel stipends, registrations, and recognitions associated with the award. The Magnet Prize winner will agree to use 100 percent of the award money to develop the innovation and also use the language "The ANCC Magnet Prize™ sponsored by Cerner" in all references to the Magnet Prize.
  • All applications must be typed; no handwritten applications will be accepted.
  • Confirmation of submission will be sent to the e-mail address of the nominator within seventy-two hours of receipt.
  • Prior Magnet Prize winners are prohibited from applying for two years after their award.
  • The CNO of the winning organization will be notified of a decision by July 14, 2017.
  • Note: The nomination form contains a space for the nominator or CNO's digital signature. If this person is unable to digitally sign, please print the nomination form and scan it into a PDF, or insert the typed name of the CNO to serve as the representation of the CNO’s signature before sending the Magnet Prize application package.

Closing Date for Submissions

  • Nomination submissions and supporting documents must be received by ANCC's Magnet Prize Committee before midnight EDT on March 31, 2017, for consideration. Submissions must be made electronically.

The Award

  • The Magnet Prize will be presented during the ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Houston, Texas, October 11-13, 2017.
  • Cerner will provide ANCC with the $50,000 monetary award to sponsor the Magnet Prize.
  • Cerner will contribute $500 to ANCC to cover costs of travel to the Magnet Conference for up to three attendees (i.e., $1,500 total) from the Magnet Prize recipient facility in the year the award is announced.
  • Cerner will also contribute $500 to ANCC to cover costs of travel to the Magnet Conference for up to three attendees (i.e., $1,500 total from Cerner) from the Magnet Prize recipient facility in the year following the award receipt so they may present the project progress/results.
  • ANCC will transfer 100 percent of the monetary award and the travel stipend to the winning organization.
  • Cerner will plan and assume the costs of an exclusive recognition event for the Magnet Prize recipients, including the transportation of the Magnet Prize winners to and from this event. The Magnet Prize winners will travel in the company of ANCC and Cerner executives.
  • ANCC will provide a complimentary, full conference registration for up to three attendees from the Magnet Prize winner in the year the award is announced and for up to three attendees returning to present the following year.
  • The Magnet Prize winners will be responsible for all other arrangements, including lodging and associated expenses.
  • Award recipients will be asked to provide a brief overview of their proposed project during the acceptance of the award.
  • Award recipients will return the following year to deliver a formal presentation on the innovation at a general session, according to ANCC guidelines. Winners must agree to work with ANCC during July and August to prepare the presentation.

Rules of the Award

  • Magnet Prize winners are prohibited from submitting another Magnet Prize application for two years following their winning innovation.
  • Only one nomination will be accepted each year from a given Magnet organization.
  • Approximately six months after the award is presented, the winning organization will be required to submit an accounting to ANCC of how the award money is being utilized. One hundred percent of the award money must be used for the development and implementation of the innovation.
  • The ANCC Executive Director or designee will join a Cerner nursing executive in a visit to the Magnet Prize-winning facility to see the progress of the innovation.
  • The ANCC Magnet Prize Committee will consider all submitted applications properly made and material submitted with or in support thereof.
  • Material submitted with or in support of any application will be received on the conditions that:
    • The Magnet Prize Committee will not return such material or any portion thereof to the nominee or the nominators.
    • The Magnet Prize Committee may make such disclosure of the names of the nominees and the nominators and of the innovation disclosed in such material as the committee deems appropriate.
    • No claim will be made and no action will be brought against the American Nurses Credentialing Center, its board of directors, its employees, or members of the Magnet Prize Committee arising out of the use made of such application material or of any such disclosure.
    • The applicant warrants that disclosure of material submitted with or in support does not breach the terms of any other contract or agreements, that the applicant is entitled to use the material, and that if any permissions are needed to use the material, the applicant has obtained those permissions.
    • The applicant warrants that it is not prohibited from accepting the Magnet Prize award or any related benefit, including but not limited to paid transportation, meals, and ANCC National Magnet Conference® registration, and that the applicant will attend the Magnet Prize reception. If the applicant is unable to accept the Magnet Prize award or related benefits, the applicant must notify the ANCC Magnet Prize Committee in its application.
    • The Magnet Prize winner will agree to use "the ANCC Magnet Prize™ sponsored by Cerner" in all references to the prize.
    • The decision of the Magnet Prize Committee is final. If in the opinion of the Magnet Prize Committee there are no applications considered suitable during a given year, no Magnet Prize will be awarded.
    • Each representative submitting a nomination must sign the prescribed Magnet Prize application form, which will constitute his or her agreement to be bound by the rules of the Magnet Prize and which must be attached to the material submitted with or in support of any nomination.

Please direct all questions to ANCC via e-mail at or phone 301.628.5254.