Achieving Magnet Status and Change

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Achieving Magnet Status and Change

In the twentieth century the medical field has seen many changes. One way that hospitals and nursing specifically has changed and implemented the changes is by pursuing accreditations, awards, and recognitions. The purpose of this paper is to understand Magnet Status and the change required by hospitals to achieve it.

Overview of Magnet Status

The history of Magnet Status began in 1992. The American Nurse Credentialing Center first developed of the idea of Magnet Status after extensive research studies were perform during the nursing shortage of the 1980’s. The goal was to find out why some hospitals were able to retain and even recruit nurses during the shortage. It was found that of the 165 hospitals that participated, 41 shared seven core attributes. (Chaffee, Leavitt, & Mason, 2007) These seven attributes were the beginning of what have become the fourteen forces of Magnetism. The attributes or forces are based on nursing standards of care. That is the ability of the hospitals, working with the nursing staff to provide the excellent nursing care. That is care for the patient as well as the nursing staff and the hospital as a whole. The programs first awarded Magnet status in 1994. Since then several hundred have reached Magnet Status with several hundred more in the application process. In 2001 the first international hospital was awarded Magnet status. As with the medical field and even nursing all things must change, this includes the Magnet Program. In 1996 the standards and requirements along with the name evolved and changed. The program became known as the Magnet Recognition program for excellence in Nursing Service with requirements moving from internal review to pu...

... middle of paper ... nursing is one of the most important areas a hospital needs to address when looking to improve safely outcomes. While many still question the need as well as the cost there is no question the benefit to staff and patients of hospitals that are Magnet Recognized. With this designation reaching international standing many more are looking to join the elite Magnet club.


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