It’s been two years in the works but after months of writing and preparing the needed documents, Chilton Medical Center is ready and looking forward to the submission of its Magnet evidence to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the arduous review process.
“We are very prepared,” says Maureen Schneider, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FACHE, chief nurse and operations officer for Chilton Medical Center. “The effort has been monumental by everyone involved, and we’re pleased with where we are today – we truly have evolved to the next level of nursing engagement and improved patient outcomes by undergoing this journey.”
Magnet designation is a performance-driven recognition achieved by only 9 percent of the nation’s hospitals, per the ANCC. At Magnet hospitals, nurses are more involved in the overall care process, which, in turn, delivers improved patient outcomes. Leadership at Magnet hospitals values staff nurses, involves them in shaping research-based nursing practice, and encourages and rewards them for advancing in nursing practice.
“Because of this focus on quality nursing, job satisfaction is higher, and turnover is much lower,” says Rosemarie Jones, MSN, RN, CEN, Chilton’s Magnet program manager. “It’s a significant benefit to our community, but it also means we’ll be able to recruit the very best nurses simply because they’ll want to work at a Magnet hospital. Maureen has been the visionary leader who inspires nurses to deliver excellence. She made sure Magnet recognition was a strategic nursing initiative.”
This win-win scenario begins with the submission in June 2019, followed by an on-site review in late 2019 and then, if all goes well, an announcement of the designation.
“We wouldn’t be able to submit our evidence unless we demonstrated two years of achieving specific metrics,” says Schneider. “For all the patients we serve and care for in our hospital and community and for the registered nurses and staff at Chilton, achieving this designation would continue to support the goal of a providing a quality care environment for our patients.”