Hackensack Medical Snags Magnet Designation Again

Hackensack Meridian Health recently announced that Hackensack University Medical Center became the first hospital in New Jersey and just the second in the United States to achieve Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) seven consecutive times.

“For nearly 30 years, Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals have been recognized for nursing excellence and transforming the way care is delivered,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “This designation is a testament to our world-class nursing team who provides high-quality, compassionate care each day.”

The ANCC Magnet® Recognition Program® highlights health care organizations whose nurses display exemplary service and demonstrate excellence in their field. The three main goals for the program are to promote high-quality care in a professional work setting, identify excellence among nurses treating patients and spreading the best practices in nursing.

“This recognition underscores Hackensack Meridian Health’s commitment to maintaining a culture of excellence,” said Regina Foley, Ph.D., MBA, RN, executive vice president, chief nursing executive and chief clinical transformation & integration officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our incredible nursing team enhances the patient experience while improving outcomes, and we look forward to continuing to provide the excellent care our patients deserve.”

Studies have shown that Magnet® recognition can produce lots of benefits for health care organizations and the communities they surround. Some of the possible advantages are listed below.

  • Higher patient satisfaction regarding nurse communication
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure rates for rescues
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses
  • Lower number of nurses report wanting to leave their job

“Participating in the Magnet® recognition process requires us to continually listen to feedback from our nursing team and our patients and look at our outcomes to evaluate our strengths, weaknesses, and performance,” said Ramonita Jiménez, DNP, MPA, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer, Department of Patient Care, Hackensack University Medical Center. “Our nurses are outstanding at what they do, and our Magnet® designation shows our community that we are committed to making all of our patients feel welcome, cared for and safe.”

The process to achieve Magnet® recognition is not a simple one, as organizations must pass an extensive process that requires participation from the entire staff. Included in the process is an electronic application, a written document, a virtual or on-site visit and a review from the Commission on Magnet® Recognition. Health care organizations reapply every four years for Magnet® recognition, displaying the improvements that they have made in that span.

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