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Magnet Recognition Program® Overview

The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program is an international organizational credential that recognizes nursing excellence in healthcare organizations.

The Magnet Recognition Program is based on research that shows that creating a positive professional practice environment for nurses leads to improved outcomes – for staff and for patients. The standards for obtaining Magnet Recognition are based on the research and include requirements for visionary leadership, nursing structure, professional practice, quality improvement, nursing research and outcomes. Quality and safety standards are included in the requirements. The nurses' role in improving care is emphasized.

An organization applies for Magnet recognition through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and any size organization can apply. The benefits of Magnet include improved retention of nurses, improved clinical outcomes, evidence-based practice, and improved satisfaction.

The process for obtaining Magnet includes submitting written documentation to ANCC addressing the required elements. The written documents must be in English. These documents are reviewed, and a site visit occurs to validate the documents. We will work with the organizations if interpretation is needed for the site visit.

ANCC is now accepting international applications for organizations to become Magnet recognized.