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Omaha Children’s Achieves Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence

Jun 21, 2021 03:41PM ● By Med Magazine

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has attained Magnet recognition again, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

Receiving Magnet recognition for the fourth time is a great achievement for Children’s, as it continues to proudly belong to the global Magnet community – a small, select group of health care organizations and hospitals in the U.S. In fact, only 2% of hospitals nationwide have received four consecutive Magnet designations.

“For the children and families we serve, this honor affirms our team’s expertise and excellence in providing the very best outcomes and the highest quality of pediatric care in the region,” says Chanda Chacón, MPH, FACHE, Children’s President & CEO.

“To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire team to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the children we serve,” says Kathy English, MSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, Children’s executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.