Magnet Designation, Changes in an Institution

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Becoming a Magnet institution is no easy task. Years of hard work and results are needed in preparation to become a Magnet designated hospital, but the work behind the doors is extremely grueling. In 1990 the first Magent Hospital was recognized by the ANCC , The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Throughout the Magnet process we hear words such as “Shared governance, empowerment, Transformational leadership. All these words mean that the power should start from the bottom up, not from the top down. The purpose of this essay is to give a brief overview of the magnet model and how this model changes how an organization operates day to day.
Overview of the Magnet Designation
A Magnet hospital is one which is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) which is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Assosiation. (give credit). This organization complies and exemplifies the ideals of nursing service and care throughout the continuium of nursing. Most of these Magnet recognized hospitals go through a rigorous credentialing process. As aforementioned, Magnet facilities give power to the nursing staff and encourage them voice their concerns without fear of being reprimanded.
A Magnet hospital begins with the vision to empower the staff in the organization in order to provide patient centered care and optimal outcomes. This model supports professional growth and encourages nurses to become certified in their field of practice (ANCC). In addition to the staff being optimally educated, nursing management must also have higher educational degrees and certifications in leadership roles. For example, anyone holding a position such as a nurse manager to a chief nursing officer must at least have a bachelor’s degree in nursing as of 2013 (ANCC). The chief nursing officer plays a key role in the designation of a Magnet…...

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