Inside the program: Nursing excellence designation is a high-profile award

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, October 6, 2009

The growing interest in ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) designation and the escalating rate of organizations applying for it can be attributed to a number of factors:

  1. Numerous published research studies have demonstrated better patient outcomes in hospitals with higher (i.e., better) nurse-to-patient ratios, higher percentages of certified nurses, and higher percentages of BSN-prepared nurses, all of which are characteristics of MRP-designated hospitals
  2. MRP status has been identified in the federal Nurse Reinvestment Act and an Institute of Medicine report as an initiative for reducing registered nurse turnover and improving quality of care
  3. The Joint Commission has identified designation as a positive force in improving practice environments, quality of care, and patient safety
  4. Faculty in colleges and schools of nursing encourage graduates to ask questions regarding the practice environment of a potential employer and to seek employment at a designated hospital
  5. In 2004, for the first time, MRP status was added as a factor in how U.S. News & World Report ranks hospitals

Source: Adapted from HCPro's Guide to Assessing, Pursuing, and Achieving Excellence in the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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