- UF Health Shands Hospital notified the public this week that it is seeking a Magnet accreditation re-designation in January
- The hospital was designated as a Magnet organization in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018 by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program
- The recognition serves to recognize healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence and disseminate successful nursing practices and strategies
- Upon initial designation in 2003, UF Health Shands Hospital was the 12th hospital in Florida and the 88th in the nation to achieve Magnet distinction
UF Health Shands Hospital announced to the public this week that it is seeking a Magnet re-designation for its nursing sector. The facility intends to submit a request in January 2023.
The hospital was designated as a Magnet organization in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018 by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, which serves to recognize healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence and disseminate successful nursing practices and strategies.
The Magnet program is nationally recognized as a high-achieving certification with only 378 of the more than 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations having received the credential, according to the ANCC
The process to attain Magnet status is rigorous and requires a comprehensive examination of hospital operations, staff qualifications, and organizational advancement.
“Applicants for Magnet designation must collect nurse-sensitive quality indicators at the unit level and benchmark that data against a database at the highest and broadest level possible to support research and quality improvement initiatives,” states the ANCC. “The intent is to collect data that is applicable and value-added for the particular unit and organization.”
Then, if scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur, administered and coordinated by the ANCC, to thoroughly assess the institution.
Following the on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet at the ANCC will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.
Magnet recognition is in effect for four years and can be renewed if an organization reapplies and continues to demonstrate performance according to quality benchmarks and reporting.
The Magnet Recognition Program focuses on advancing three goals within each distinguished organization: promoting quality in a setting that supports professional practice, identifying excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients, and disseminating “best practices” in nursing services.
In studies of Magnet environments conducted by the ANCC, practice environments have been associated with higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information, and a lower risk of 30-day mortality.
Further, Magnet facilities outperform other hospitals in both recruiting and retaining nursing professionals, resulting in higher employee satisfaction and lower staff turnover.
Among accredited hospitals, the average staff turnover rate is 9.9 percent, the average length of employment of RNs is 9.8 years, and the average nurse vacancy rate is reported at 2.4 percent.
Upon initial designation in 2003, UF Health Shands Hospital was the 12th hospital in Florida and the 88th in the nation to achieve Magnet distinction.