One phone call on July 13 gave every nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore reason to smile. During an announcement in a packed hospital auditorium, UMMCs nurses and staff members learned they have achieved Magnet status in recognition of the hospitals nursing excellence.
We have worked hard to develop and foster a culture of nursing excellence, said Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President Lisa Rowen, RN, DNSc. Achieving Magnet status shows that we have succeeded in this very important endeavor.University of Maryland Medical Center nurses celebrate July 13 during an announcement that the hospital has received Magnet status.
The announcement, which included a call from a leader of the American Nurses Credentialing Center that was broadcast on loudspeakers in the room, ignited cheers, flying confetti, and balloons.
The Magnet program recognizes hospitals that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adhere to national standards for delivery. Only approximately 5% of hospitals nationwide have achieved the prestigious Magnet status.
Our nurses embody the exemplary standards of the Magnet designation, Rowen said. They work with the entire patient care team, all focused on one goal helping our patients get better.University of Maryland Medical Center President and CEO Jeffrey A. Rivest, left, and Lisa Rowen, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, address the crowd of nurses during the Magnet announcement.
While preparing for their visit in May from Magnet reviewers, nurses wore buttons with a slogan that read, Ive got Magnetude.
The achievement earned UMMC nurses plenty of kudos.
I am very proud of Lisa Rowen and the entire nursing staff, said Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and CEO of UMMC. Hospitals with Magnet designation are among the best in the nation with high levels of patient satisfaction and the ability to attract and retain nursing professionals.