Temple University Hospital was awarded Magnet® status in January 2019 – the highest honor a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence. Only about 8% of U.S. hospitals have earned Magnet status, which is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.
Becoming a Magnet Status Hospital
Applying for Magnet status is a voluntary and lengthy process. In the extensive application, hospitals must demonstrate:
- High scores on patient and nurse satisfaction
- Adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care
- Inter-professional collaboration
- Leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice
- Continued competence of nurses through education
- The impact nurses have on patient outcomes
- Patient outcomes that exceed national benchmarks
After submitting an application, AANC appraisers visit high-scoring hospitals for an extensive, three-day assessment. During the site visit, hospital staff and patients are interviewed about how well the hospital meets patients’ needs and how well the providers and staff work together.
Once awarded, Magnet recognition is valid for four years, after which the institution must reapply.