Nurses on staff at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital share what it's like to work at a Magnet hospital.
Nursing care on par with the best.
John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital is a Magnet facility, recently having earned its third consecutive designation from the American Nurses Association, something achieved by less than 1 percent of the nation's 6,000-plus medical facilities. North Mountain Hospital was first recognized for excellence in nursing with the Magnet designation in December 2004 and was redesignated Magnet in 2009.
To patients, the Magnet designation means that the hospital has been designated for excellence in nurse care. To nurses, it's an assurance that they will work in a professional environment that values and respects their voice in enhancing patient care.
No Resting on Our Laurels
Awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (an affiliate of the American Nurses Association), Magnet recognition is not a permanent award. Continued excellence must be demonstrated during the four-year recognition period, and the entire application process needs to be repeated for redesignation to occur.
"Earning Magnet designation is more difficult every time around, and it should be!" says North Mountain Hospital CEO Maggi Griffin, RN, MS.
John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital was first designated Magnet in 2004. It applied for redesignation in the fall of 2007 and was officially redesignated in April of 2009. It earned its third Magnet recognition in 2013.
The Magnet Journey
Magnet status is based on specific measurable criteria focusing on transformational leadership, professional growth, patient care and research and innovation. Magnet designation is considered the nation's gold standard for nursing quality.
The process of gathering the required evidence and preparing documentation for both the original award and both redesignations was a long journey that lasted more than two years every time and required tireless efforts by a large team of nurses and interdisciplinary team members.
Yet, the journey was not just about paperwork and not even about the coveted trophy. It was a journey of growth, learning and discovery, which gave birth to several successful programs for nurses.
We feel that the changes brought by the journey were more important than the award itself.