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Somerset earns Magnet award

With more than 700 hospital employees and guests in attendance May 23, Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J., celebrated its first Magnet designation. “As a Magnet hospital, we now join the impressive group of national and international Magnet facilities,” said Maureen Schneider, RN, MSN, PhD(c), MBA, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FACHE, senior vice president. “We are so proud of what we have accomplished, and we will continue to deliver excellent nursing care to the people of our community.”

Karen Drenkard, RN, PhD(c), NEA-BC, FAAN, executive director of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, presented the ANCC obelisk to Schneider and Kathleen Mariak Cummins, RN, MS, APN-C, ACNS-BC, vice president of nursing, and congratulated the entire hospital for their “hard work and dedication, not only during the Magnet journey, but [also] every day that you care for your patients and families at Somerset.”

Betsy Jackson, RN, Magnet coordinator and director of regulatory compliance and professional development, proudly displays her Magnet pin.

There are 386 Magnet-designated facilities worldwide, and Somerset is the 24th hospital in New Jersey to receive the prestigious Magnet designation from the ANCC. The hospital received the official word from the ANCC on March 21.

Masterpiece of excellence

“Although impressive, it was not the length of the document, but rather it was the esprit de corps with which it was prepared and put together that made it a masterpiece,” Cummins said. “Hundreds of nurses and support staff and members from many other departments helped in its completion.”

Magnet surveyors recognized the staff for their passion and commitment to patient care, and for a number of nurse-driven initiatives, such as the level of informatics incorporated throughout the facility, the unit-based research council and research projects generated from the council and the shared governance and activities of the governance councils.

There are 386 Magnet-designated facilities worldwide, and Somerset is the 24th hospital in New Jersey to receive the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“Our unit-based councils give every nurse a way to speak up, whether it be about practice issues, patient care or unit concerns,” said Mary Ogiba, RNC, BSN, staff nurse and team leader in maternal child health.

Recognized by the surveyors for the extensive work and active involvement of the shared governance councils, Somerset nurses participate in the research, practice, professional development, education, patient and family education and performance improvement councils, said Magnet Coordinator Betsy Jackson, RN, MSN, PhD(c), CCRN, NEA-BC, director of regulatory compliance and professional development. “Our shared governance model gives staff more autonomy and a voice in the decision-making process, whether it be about practice, policy or evidence-based practice,” Jackson said.

Med/surg staff nurses at Somerset, Christine Schroeder, RN, left, and Dana Deangelis, RN, proudly display the Magnet obelisk during the May 23 celebration.

Somerset RNs are mentored in research by Valera Hascup, RNC, MSN, PhD, CTN, CCES, and Kathi Neville, RN, PhD, professor of nursing at Kean University in Union, N.J. The staff at Somerset has been involved in five original, Internal Review Board-approved research studies and numerous evidence-based projects and present their findings at the annual Somerset’s Research Day and at national and local nursing organization conferences.

Editor’s note: For photos of the event, visit

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