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Nursing at Morristown Medical Center

In February 2024, Morristown Medical Center was awarded a sixth Magnet Recognition Program® designation.

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The Magnet Recognition Program® is the highest award granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Hospitals that achieve Magnet designation are recognized for elevating patient care through the empowerment of nurses to excel in their practice by promoting professional growth & development, encouraging a culture of nursing innovation, collaboration with interprofessional teams, fostering nursing research and implementation of new knowledge.

This prestigious four-year designation has been awarded to Morristown Medical Center six consecutive times, placing the hospital within an elite group of only 14 other facilities with six designations. Magnet accreditation is held by 9.4% of U.S. hospitals which includes 577 domestic facilities and 14 internationally. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality and safety and improved patient outcomes.

Shared Governance

Morristown Medical Center gives decision-making responsibility to the bedside nurse, which fosters accountability and results in more effective and efficient patient care.

Professional Practice Model

Our professional practice model is represented by a planetary gear set with patients and families at the center, driving all aspects of nursing in our organization. This includes our professional relationships, advancements in nursing excellence, patient care delivery system, leadership style and professional nursing values. Rooted in this model is the Roy Adaptation Theory, which encourages nurses to positively respond to environmental changes.

Nursing Empowerment and Innovation

To continue fostering a culture of nursing excellence that encourages and rewards nurses who go beyond existing performance standards, we opened the Center for Nursing Innovation and Research at Morristown Medical Center. Here, nurses have an opportunity to meet with peers, exchange ideas and design evidence-based solutions to existing or emerging health concerns.

Magnet Status

Morristown Medical Center has received Magnet six consecutive times, signifying not only the quality of care we provide, but also our commitment to continuously improving patient care and the health of the community. Learn more about Magnet >

I am honored and privileged to lead our highly professional, and accomplished team of nurses who are committed to providing high-quality care for our patients and the community, all of the efforts of our nursing staff directly contribute to making Morristown Medical Center the number one hospital in the State for the fifth year in a row and one of the best places to work for nurses.

Brandee Fetherman, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Morristown Medical Center

Nursing Annual Report 2021

Our nurses form the front line of care for our communities. Year after year, their teamwork, dedication and endless compassion garner great satisfaction from our patients and national recognitions for clinical excellence. 

This report is a testimony to the countless contributions of our outstanding nurse professionals across our system who care for patients in so many settings throughout our communities. Our 4,700 nurses provide exceptional patient care, are powerful patient advocates, conduct nursing research and spark innovation in so many ways. It is my honor to lead this incredible team.”

Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, Chief Nurse Executive and Senior Vice President, Atlantic Health System and President, Morristown Medical Center