Premier Health Magnet Site Visit Summary

By Annette Drake, MS, RN, CRRN, CBIS; Annie Neff, BSN, RN; Kelly Sodders, BSN, RN, NE-BC; and Angela Wale, MSN, RN, CENP

Congratulations on a very successful Magnet® site visit! Premier Health welcomed five appraisers from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Program Office to evaluate our organization’s culture of excellence for patient care and nursing. From November 12 to November 16, the appraisers spoke with 546 clinical nurses/ advanced practice registered nurses and visited 79 departments/units:

  • Atrium Medical Center: 16 units
  • Miami Valley Hospital: 38 units
  • Miami Valley Hospital North: five units
  • Miami Valley Hospital South: eight units
  • Upper Valley Medical Center:12 units

The appraisers also met with many key partners outside of nursing who made the site visit enjoyable, including physicians, community partners, nursing and executive leadership, physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapists, and staff from the areas of medical imaging, environmental, human resources, patient experience, information and communication management, libraries, nutrition services, and the Premier Health Learning Institute and Premier Health Clinical Research Center.

Premier Health has two deficiencies, and the appraisers will be sharing with the Magnet Commission our hard work around these topics:

  • Nurse satisfaction survey results and action planning
  • Falls with injury and action planning

During a closing conference after the site visit, the appraisers shared their impressions of outstanding work across Premier Health:

  • The Good Samaritan Hospital closing – From the appraisers’ perspective, it was a seamless transition in planning/executing the closing and integration of staff throughout Premier Health. No negative comments about the transition were made during the five-day site visit, and none came from the 546 nurses interviewed. Staff mentioned feeling like we “suffered” together and expressed that they understood it is was painful for all involved. 
  • Teamwork/collaboration – Staffing challenges do exist, and we balance the work with great teamwork.
  • Provider-nurse collaboration
  • Strong community partnerships – Monroe Emergency Medical Services and Atrium Medical Center coordinate follow-up visits to help reduce readmissions.
  • Sepsis coordinator – Appraisers had not come across a position like this before.
  • Family support – Premier Health focuses on patients and their families.
  • Leadership visibility
  • Nursing Professional Practice Model/Shared Governance structure

While the appraisers do not decide our Magnet designation, they do compile a report within two weeks and send it to the Magnet Commission. The commission will review the appraisers’ reports during the next available slot, and we can anticipate receiving the outcome in mid-January.

We offer a huge thank you to each and every one of you, as your consistent passion and commitment to our patients, to each other, and to our organization demonstrated our Premier Pride.

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