THURSDAY APRIL 21, 2011
Quick question: Which East Coast state has more Magnet hospitals than any other?
Answer: New Jersey. Our state is home to 24 hospitals that have achieved the prestigious Magnet award for nursing care. That's four times higher than the national average.
The Magnet® application and appraisal process, led by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is recognition of a healthcare organization's attainment of excellence in nursing. The Magnet Program is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice. The Magnet application process is thorough and lengthy, and hospitals that undertake it find it to be a journey that fosters organizational advancement, team building and enhancement of individual professional self-esteem. The program promotes a professional environment guided by strong visionary nursing leaders who support development and excellence in nursing practice. The net result is an engaged, empowered and committed nursing team -- the very roots of excellent healthcare services and satisfied patients!
Excellent nursing care is critical to a good healthcare experience. New Jersey is proud of its tradition of outstanding nurses and healthcare organizations committed to nursing excellence. For nurses and patients, Magnets really do attract.