The Best of the Best

Premier Nursing News     March 2019

Premier Health’s nursing employees have much to be proud of, too much to even begin to name. In February this year I was profoundly moved and humbled as I witnessed the hard work you do every day  culminate in the incredible achievement of System Magnet designation.  We have earned the highest honor of joining only 20 other Magnet-recognized health systems in the country.  

Magnet Recognition® from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANC) is the highest and most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care. Only 8 percent of hospitals in this country ever achieve this designation. For Premier Health, it means that our organization truly values nursing’s major contributions to great patient care.  Magnet measures the strength and quality of nursing through evaluation of processes and structures that support nursing practice, nursing research, opportunities for development, job satisfaction and advancement. It evaluates leadership, partnerships and overall integration of nurses in all aspects of patient care and organizational leadership.  

For those of you who have been on this journey before, I thank you for your leadership.  For those of you new to Magnet, I thank you for going on this incredible journey. For Premier Health, I thank our leaders for their visible commitment and support of nursing.

Magnet designation is not an event; it is not something that we do every four years.  Magnet designation is about who we are as nurses and as Premier Health. We are nurses dedicated to excellence in all we do.  We take great pride in the care we deliver to every patient, every day. We work together and with our many partners to ensure excellence in every aspect of patient care. Mostly Magnet designation is about you.  I had the privilege of standing back and watching the Magnet appraisers learn from you.  Every day they reported back the great things you do. Individually and as a group you represent the best of the best in nursing.

I am honored to be your leader. I am proud to work alongside each and every one of you. Thank you for being a nurse, and thank you for choosing Premier Health as your place to practice. You are truly the best of the best. 

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