Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has achieved Magnet recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superiority in patient care. Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. With this credential, duPont Hospital for Children joins the Magnet community - a select group of 395 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations.
"Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care," said Louanne Stratton, PhD, RN, chief nurse executive. "Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It's also the tangible evidence of our nurses' commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud."
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff including electronic documentation, written documentation, qualitative and quantitative evidence, and an on-site assessment from the ANCC.
The ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program recognizes nursing excellence and represents the highest honor a hospital can receive for professional nursing practice. The patients and Associates of Nemours have long been witness to the quality of our nursing professionals, and this designation demonstrates the Nemours nursing commitment to delivering the highest quality of care.
"This honor extends well beyond our walls as research shows there is a close association between Magnet recognition and the accrual of measurable benefits to the hospital and its communities," said Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, Nemours senior vice president and chief executive officer of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. "I would like to recognize the great work, determination, and discretionary effort of our nursing department who worked tirelessly on our journey to excellence. I would also like to thank the many members of the community who participated in the process. They provided validation to the commitment we have in building a healthier future for children."
The Magnet model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes - and components and dimensions for each - all deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.