MILWAUKEE (3/17/2009) - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has done it again. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has twice named Children's Hospital a member of the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program for excellence in nursing services. The hospital received notification of the honor Tuesday, March 17.
"The Magnet award is to nursing what the gold medal is to the Olympics," said Peggy Troy, MSN, RN, president and CEO, Children's Hospital and Health System. "To earn Magnet status once is a tremendous accomplishment and a great source of pride for our nurses. To retain Magnet status for another four years really underscores the commitment of our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the patients and families we serve."
Research shows that at Magnet hospitals patients have lower mortality rates and shorter lengths of stay than at other facilities. Magnet facilities also tend to have more stable workforces as they have a great ability to attract and retain highly skilled nurses. To receive Magnet status for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospital's resolve to deliver the highest level of care in nursing today.
According to the ANCC, the leading nursing credentialing organization in the United States, Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care. The Magnet program recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing management, philosophy and practices, adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care and attention to cultural and ethnic diversity.
"Our Magnet designation four years ago raised the bar on patient care," said Nancy Korom, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Children's Hospital vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. "It inspired each of us – nurses, physicians, professional and support staff – to strive to be even better."