For the fourth time, Edward Hospital has achieved recognition as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence – it is the highest national honor for professional nursing.
Edward, which employs 1,200 nurses, was originally recognized as a Magnet hospital in 2005, was first re-designated in 2010 and again in 2014. Edward Hospital is part of Edward-Elmhurst Health, which includes Elmhurst Hospital, also a Magnet hospital (2015).
The 2019 designation means Edward is one of only eight hospitals in Illinois and 100 in the U.S. to have achieved Magnet status four times or more. There are 45 Magnet-recognized healthcare organizations in Illinois. Of the nation’s 5,000 acute care hospitals, only about 500 are recognized as Magnet facilities by the ANCC.
With an audience of Edward nurses, nursing leaders and senior executives in the Edward Hospital Education Center Auditorium, Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Chair of the Commission for the Magnet Recognition Program, made the re-designation announcement during a conference call on Nov. 26.
“It is my absolute honor and privilege to officially notify you that the Commission on Magnet has unanimously voted to credential Edward Hospital as a Magnet organization,” said Erickson. “Your hard work is a testament not only to your organization’s commitment to nursing excellence but the professional nature in which you approach care on behalf of the patients and families you are serving. It’s really a job well done.”
“We are totally honored, proud and thrilled to receive this re-designation. As an organization, we work very hard every single day to fulfill the tenets of Magnet,” said Lynn Cochran, MS, RN, System VP, Operations/Chief Nursing Officer, Edward Hospital. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”
Research demonstrates that Magnet hospitals provide specific benefits, such as:
Higher patient satisfaction
Lower risk of 30-day mortality, reduced readmission rates and fewer complications
Higher job satisfaction among nurses
Nurses stay at the organization because they feel supported in their role
To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.