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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

National Recognition of Magnet
US News & World Report utilizes 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 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.

View 2012 Leapfrog Hospital Survey
See Hospitals Reporting Magnet Status to Leapfrog

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 & Guiding Principles
The Magnet Recognition Program® advances 3 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.
A Magnet environment achieves quality indicators and nursing practice standards outlined in the ANA Nursing Administration: Scope & Standards of Practice, 3rd Ed and other foundational documents.

Understand the Magnet Model
Download Average Magnet Organization Characteristics [pdf]

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.