3/25/19

High-quality nursing care earns decade of Magnet recognition

Confetti flies as Carle learns it earned it third Magnet designationCarle learned today it received its third Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). ANCC grants the coveted recognition to healthcare organizations that meet high standards for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation in nursing.

Only 8 percent of U.S. healthcare organizations achieve Magnet status, plus:

  • Only 11 of 45 Illinois Magnet-designated organizations achieved a third designation.
  • Of 490 Magnet organizations in the world, only 213 achieved a third designation.
  • Magnet organizations see greater patient satisfaction and quality outcomes.

Carle’s third Magnet designation serves as proof of the focus on continual improvement to benefit patients. Carle Foundation Hospital first achieved the elite designation in 2009. In its 2015 review, ANCC assessed Carle as an integrated health system, looking at the hospital and several outpatient clinics.

“The doctors, nurses, therapists, environmental services staff – all the amazing people who work at Carle – made this happen,” said Faith Roberts, MSN, executive director of Magnet and Professional Practice. “As for it being our third time, everyone understands the sense of pride and the legacy we are building here.”

In addition to serving today’s patients well, Magnet designation attracts high-quality nurses, and its best practices help keep them. Carle’s nurse turnover rate is below the national average.

“Facilities that have a Magnet designation have the highest professionalism for nursing, and I find this true for Carle,” said Amy O’Dell, NP, Geriatrics. “Our professional practice councils and nursing committees come together to address the inherent conflicts in healthcare, so we can navigate present and future challenges to improve patient outcomes.”

Roberts emphasizes how robustly ANCC assesses organizations like Carle.

“The standards for a designation change every time, and the ANCC makes them harder on purpose. If you’re just going to check off boxes, you’ll never be Magnet,” she said. “Magnet is, ‘I expect you do this, but tell me how you blew it out of the park.’

“This Magnet achievement and so many other successes prove that building healthcare around the patient is always the right thing to do.”