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Stanford Health Care earns prestigious Magnet designation for nursing

Stanford Health Care has been recognized as a Magnet organization for the fourth consecutive time, an accomplishment realized by less than 2% of hospitals nationwide.

Katie Stephens, director of nursing excellence, and Quinn McKenna, chief operating officer, on Feb. 19 at a ceremony marking Stanford Health Care's designation as a Magnet hospital for a consecutive fourth time.
Kevin Meynell 

Stanford Health Care has achieved Magnet status — a prestigious national honor for nursing practice — for the fourth consecutive time. Less than 2% of hospitals in the United States have earned the designation four times. 

“SHC is honored to receive this designation that highlights our commitment to innovative, compassionate and collaborative care over the past four years and beyond,” said Dale Beatty, DNP, RN, chief nurse executive and vice president of patient care services. 

The American Nurses Credentialing Center evaluates organizations seeking both initial Magnet recognition and recertification, which hospitals can request every four years.  

The center judges how well the organizations perform in the five foundations of the Magnet Model, considering the degree to which nurse leaders:

·      transform the organization to meet changing needs; 

·      empower staff members and prepare them to face all challenges;  

·      promote exemplary professional practice; 

·      foster innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice and systemic improvements; and 

·      measure and evaluate outcomes throughout the organization. 

Magnet designation is considered the gold standard for excellence in nursing. Research demonstrates that Magnet-designated hospitals have higher patient satisfaction and better rates for nursing retention than those without the designation. 

Stanford Health Care earned its initial Magnet designation in 2007.

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