Schneck’s Nursing Excellence Recognized with 4th Magnet Designation
March 23, 2021
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It’s a four-time streak for Schneck Medical Center, which has once again earned Magnet® designation for nursing excellence.
 
Since 2006, Schneck has been recognized as Magnet—a prestigious designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center that recognizes organizations that provide the highest quality of care. Fewer than 8.5 percent of US hospitals earn Magnet recognition, and less than 1 percent have received it four consecutive times.
 
“Our nurses are vital team members who are committed to providing extraordinary care,” says Eric Fish, MD, MBA, FACOG, President and CEO. “The Magnet recognition we first achieved 15 years ago has raised the bar for patient care and helps inspire every member of our team to achieve excellence every day.”
 
“Magnet designation is a testament to the excellence of our nurses and recognition of their outstanding, compassionate care,” says Amy Pettit, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CSSBB, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “It also highlights the collaborative relationships with all members of the healthcare team that our nurses so greatly value.”
 
Magnet appraisers spoke to nurses in every unit and patient care area as well as physicians, advanced practice providers, and team members and members of the community during a three-day site review in January.
 
“The appraisers spoke very highly of our teams, praising our commitment to transparency, professional development, shared decision-making, and high-quality clinical care,” added Pettit.
 
Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence. Research studies show that patients ultimately benefit when their hospital is Magnet designated. Magnet hospitals report better patient outcomes and higher patient satisfaction, as well as greater recruitment and retention of nurses, physicians and other medical professionals.
 
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The Magnet Model
The Magnet Model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, the American Nurses Credentialing Center can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements 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.