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Children’s National Medical Center Celebrates Magnet

On the journey to Magnet recognition, the strength of 1,300 RNs at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., truly shined.

“We learned that our nurses are really committed to giving the best care to our patients and families,” Nellie Robinson, RN, MS, executive vice president and chief nursing and patient care services officer, said in an interview with Nursing Spectrum. “We already knew that, but that came through.”

Officials from the American Nurses Credentialing Center recognized the nurses’ strength and quality of care, honoring Children’s with Magnet status.

Children’s National Medical Center nurse Chona Lopez, at left, receives a Magnet pin from Angela Francart

The facility celebrated the achievement at a March 23 event that included nurses, administrators and staff members from throughout the facility. The event also was attended by the ANCC’s Karen Drenkard, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, senior director, credentialing operations, and director, Magnet recognition program.

“I think everyone feels a great sense of pride in having accomplished [Magnet],” Robinson said. “It is the gold standard in nursing excellence.”

According to the ANCC, only 6% of U.S. hospitals have been awarded Magnet status, which is recognized as the most elite honor a nursing team can achieve.

“The nurses themselves do make us proud each and every day,” Robinson said. “They are so very committed to giving the very best care 24/7 … whether there’s a snowstorm or whatever the situation might be. I’m very, very proud of our nurses for their level of competency, their accountability and their professionalism.”

Barry Bottino is a regional editor for Nursing Spectrum.

By | 2020-04-15T14:22:51-04:00 April 19th, 2010|Categories: DC/MD/VA, Regional|0 Comments

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