Southeastern Regional Medical Center has received the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) prestigious designation of Magnet. The announcement was made on Wednesday, Feb. 20 to a group of more than 150 employees, physicians and community leaders gathered in the Medical Center’s cafeteria.
Magnet is the highest award an organization can receive for nursing care as established by the ANCC, a division of the American Nurses Association. This award recognizes health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition of professional nursing practice.
“This is a monumental occasion, to be recognized for what we do everyday,” said Magnet Program Coordinator Deborah Ayers. “There are three goals of the Magnet program—promote quality in a setting that supports professional practice, identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services and disseminate best practices in nursing services. We plan to continue providing the quality collaborative care that led to our Magnet designation and achievement of these goals.”
The benefits of a Magnet culture include recognition of the values of nurses, driving recruitment and retention of staff, reinforcing a positive environment with effective collaboration, attracting high quality physicians, improving quality outcomes and patient satisfaction.
The Magnet Recognition Program was designed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to promote excellence in nursing. To get the award, participants must meet certain criteria, such as high-quality care, strong nurse leadership and high levels of job satisfaction. According to Barnes, only about one-third of the nursing facilities that go through the program are awarded Magnet distinction.