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Magnet: Our Nursing Excellence

What is Magnet?

A hospital where nursing delivers excellent patient outcomes, where nurses have a high level of job satisfaction, and where there is a low staff nurse turnover rate and appropriate grievance resolution. Magnet status is also said to indicate nursing involvement in data collection and decision-making in patient care delivery.

Mission as Magnet.

Mission Hospital recently received Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which is considered the highest national honor bestowed upon nursing services at a hospital. With this credential, Mission Hospital joins the Magnet community – a select group of 393 health care organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. health care organizations.

"Magnet Recognition is a symbol of the hospital's commitment to excellence in the delivery of patient care," said Linda Johnson RN, MSN, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer for Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach. "It took tremendous teamwork and collaboration amongst all staff to achieve this recognition."

Johnson said the hospital is honored to receive Magnet recognition during the year-long 100th Jubilee celebration of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

"Our Magnet journey theme has focused on the mission and ministry of the Sisters, and we believe that our responsibility is to carry on the work of the Sisters through our commitment to providing excellent nursing and patient care, with a focus on Dignity, Service, Excellence and Justice," Johnson said. She shared that the Magnet surveyors were impressed with the "strong integration of the values at all levels of the organization."

Mission Hospital is the second St. Joseph Health hospital to achieve Magnet status with St. Joseph Hospital of Orange previously receiving this honor. St. Joseph Health is a 14-hospital, non-profit, Catholic health care delivery system sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry that includes acute care hospitals, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities, community clinics and physician organizations serving California, Texas and New Mexico.

Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges health care organizations. In fact, 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 Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

The Magnet Recognition Program®, ANCC Magnet Recognition®, Magnet® and National Magnet Conference® names and logos are registered trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Journey to Magnet Excellence™ is a trademark of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. All rights reserved.