Bryn Mawr, Lankenau and Paoli Hospitals Receive Magnet Redesignation

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The ANCC recognition places the hospitals in the top 3% nationwide in nursing excellence

(Bryn Mawr, Pa.) — Main Line Health’s (MLH) Bryn Mawr, Lankenau and Paoli Hospitals have received Magnet® redesignation—the nation’s most distinguished recognition for nursing excellence as designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hospital administrators announced the shared designation Tuesday following a public video-conference phone call with ANCC officials.

"The ANCC, considered the most prestigious nurses credentialing organization, once again proclaimed what we see every day— that our nurses are among the best in the world,” said Nancy Valentine, PhD, MPH, FAAN, FNAP, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at MLH.

According to the ANCC, the leading nursing credentialing organization in the United States, Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care and recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing. Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation, and members who are awarded Magnet status must continue to maintain rigorous standards as part of their four-year designation. To reapply for and receive Magnet status for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospital’s resolve to deliver the highest level of care in nursing today.

"The evaluation was extremely stringent, involving detailed documentation that was reviewed by a four-member panel of nurse leaders and a three-day site visit by the same panel members," explained Martha Lyman, RN, MPH, Director of Special Projects and Nursing Systems for MLH.

Lyman, who collaborated with Dr. Valentine, nursing vice presidents, nursing leadership, “magnet ambassadors,” and all staff nurses at each of the hospitals, described the process as a team effort, involving 2,500 nurses. Physicians, hospital employees, and volunteers also played an integral role in achieving the redesignation.

At the typical Magnet hospital, patient outcomes are excellent and nurses have a high level of job satisfaction, low turnover, an appropriate way to resolve grievances, and are involved in collecting data and making decisions about patient care. There exists open communication between nurses and other members of the healthcare team and an appropriate personnel mix to attain the highest patient outcomes.

According to the ANCC, Magnet facilities consistently outperform non-magnet organizations, spend more time at the patients' bedsides, and have shorter lengths of patient stay.

“Magnet status celebrates the entire Main Line Health organization because it reflects a culture centered on quality, safety, and compassionate patient care as well as partnerships with nursing to achieve excellent outcomes,” said Jack Lynch, President and CEO of MLH. “Our outstanding nursing team is one of the reasons I feel privileged to be a part of Main Line Health.”

Valentine and Lyman said there are numerous benefits to achieving and maintaining Magnet status in order to bring the best health care services to our communities, including the ability to recruit and retain quality nurses, physicians, and other clinicians.

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According to the ANCC, Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care and recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing.


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