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2014 Magnet® Application Manual


Published July 2013
110 pages

Effective Dates
The 2014 Magnet® Application Manual goes into effect August 1, 2014. Organizations submitting documents between April 1 and June 1, 2014, may choose to use the new 2014 or the 2008 Application Manual.

Find the information and instructions to guide Magnet®-recognized organizations and those considering the Journey to Magnet Excellence® all in one place! This publication describes the Magnet Model and outlines:

  • Eligibility criteria
  • Application process
  • Documentation instructions
  • Site visits

The 2014 Manual reduces the amount of information requested and simplifies the document submission process. A crosswalk from the 2008 edition is included. With examples, tips, and an extended glossary, this manual is clear and helpful to Magnet organizations and new applicants alike.

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The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. Achieving Magnet recognition is a rigorous process, but organizations seek to join this esteemed group because of the benefits and status it conveys. From initial recognition and through the renewal process—Magnet recognition is a credential that reaffirms the hard work and dedication of the entire nursing staff and reinforces the development and use of evidence-based criteria to achieve nursing excellence.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Magnet® Model
Statistical Foundation—the Empirical Model
The Magnet Model
Focus on Outcomes

Chapter 2: Overview of the Magnet® Application and Appraisal Process
Assessment of Eligibility for Magnet Recognition
Phases of the Magnet Appraisal Process
       Phase One: Application
            Submission of Application
       Phase Two: Submission of Documentation
            Assignment of Appraisers
       Phase Three: Site Visit
            Scheduling the Site Visit and Public Notice Requirements
            Length of the Site Visit
            Preparation of the Site Visit Agenda
            Site Visit Activities
       Phase Four: Commission on Magnet Recognition Decision Appeal Process
Responsibilities of Applicant and Magnet-Recognized Organizations
       Data Use
       Confidential Information
       Compliance With Local, State, and Federal Laws and Regulations
       Monitoring Compliance With Program Requirements
       Interim Monitoring
       Interim Monitoring Guidelines

Chapter 3. Requirements for Written Documentation
Demographic Data Collection Tool
Organizational Overview: Document Preparation Requirements
Sources of Evidence: Document Preparation Requirements

Chapter 4. Evidence Submission for Applicants
Organizational Overview
       Contextual Information
       Transformational Leadership
       Structural Empowerment
       Exemplary Professional Practice
       New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements

Magnet® Model Components and Sources of Evidence
       I. Transformational Leadership (TL)
               Sources of Evidence:
               Strategic Planning
               Advocacy and Influence
               Visibility, Accessibility, and Communication

       II. Structural Empowerment (SE)
               Sources of Evidence:
               Professional Development
               Commitment to Professional Development
               Teaching and Role Development
               Commitment to Community Involvement
               Recognition of Nursing

       III. Exemplary Professional Practice (EP)
               Sources of Evidence:
               Professional Practice Model
               Care Delivery System(s)
               Staffing, Scheduling, and Budgeting Processes
               Interprofessional Care
               Accountability, Competence, and Autonomy
               Ethics, Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality
               Culture of Safety
               Quality Care Monitoring and Improvement

       IV. New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements (NK)
               Sources of Evidence:
               Evidence-Based Practice

       V. Empirical Outcomes (EO)
               Empirical Outcomes Presentation Requirements: SE3EO, EP3EO, EP22EO, EP23EO, NK1EO Only
               Empirical Outcomes Presentation Requirements: All Others
                    Goal Statement(s)
                    Description of the Intervention/Initiative/Activity(ies)
               Empirical Outcomes: Data Display Requirements
                    Data Display Requirements


A. Forces of Magnetism
B. Crosswalk of Standards and Sources of Evidence—2008 to 2014
C. Application as a System
     System Eligibility Requirements
         Transformational Leadership
         Structural Empowerment
         Exemplary Professional Practice
         New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements
     Written Documentation
     Site Visit
     System Recognition
     Requirements for System Written Documentation
         Empirical Outcomes
D. Paper Documentation Submission Requirements
     Formatting and Assembly of Written Documentation
E. Electronic Documentation Submission Requirements
F. International Application Requirements
     Cultural Transferability of the Sources of Evidence
     Data Collection Requirements
     Interpreters and Translators

List of Figures and Tables
Figures Tables

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