Premier Health’s Magnet Journey

By Kelly Sodders, BSN, RN, NE-BC 

Annette Drake, MS, RN, CRRN, CBIS  

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet is a nursing excellence designation that MVH and GSH (closed in 2018) currently maintain. Premier Health is on an exciting journey to pursue system designation (including all acute care sites) with leadership from:

  • Peggy Mark, Premier Health, chief nursing officer (CNO)
  • Jolyn Angus, MVH, CNO
  • Terry Fry, UVMC, CNO
  • Christie Gray, GSH, CNO
  • Marquita Turner, AMC, CNO

What is ANCC Magnet Designation? (five model components create the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® Framework for Excellence)

Transformational Leadership

  • Quality nursing leadership and management style 
  • Nursing Leadership all levels and their involvement  
    • Strategic planning
    • Advocacy and influence
    • Visibility, accessibility, and communication  

Structural Empowerment

  • Great organizational/nursing structure with excellent personnel, evidence-based policies and programs
  • A progressive image of nursing with ongoing commitment to professional development
  • A commitment and collaboration with our community and to our health care organization
  • Professional engagement
  • Teaching and role development
  • Recognition of nursing

Exemplary Professional Practice

  • With quality improvement and nursing autonomy, nurses act as teachers in professional models of care through superb interdisciplinary relationships, consultation and resources 
  • Nursing practice: the Big 3 (Nursing Sat, Pt sat, Nursing Sensitive Indicators)  
    • Professional Practice Model
    • Care delivery system
    • Staffing, scheduling, and budgeting process
    • Interprofessional care
    • Accountability, competence, and autonomy
    • Ethics, privacy, security and confidentiality
    • Diversity and workplace advocacy
    • Culture of safety
    • Quality care monitoring and improvement    

New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements

  • Nursing’s ability to influence improvements and change our practice 
  • Research
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Innovation

Empirical Outcomes

  • Quality of care as proven with outcomes/data

What’s in it for us?

Validates/verifies our culture of nursing excellence and connects us to Premier Health’s mission, vision and core values while encouraging us to be innovative and moving forward to outperform other hospitals across the nation.

  •  Improved patient outcomes
  •  Decreased length of stay
  •  Increased patient satisfaction
  •  Increased nurse satisfaction
  •  Increased ability to recruit/retain nursing staff

The Magnet Document submission timeline is April 1, 2018. It is very evident that Premier Health continues to have the Magnet culture and programs needed in place; having this extra time will help us strengthen the examples/evidence to be included in the document. Over the next few months, the Magnet writing team will be meeting with many nurses to further develop the 24 percent of the document that can be enhanced with stronger evidence.

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