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Florida hospitals earn Magnet designation

The American Nurses Credentialing Center has named Shands Jacksonville (Fla.) Medical Center and the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando as recipients of Magnet recognition status, recognizing the hospitals for excellence in nursing.

The Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children is the first children’s hospital in Central Florida to receive this prestigious recognition. Only 7% of the nation’s hospitals have received this designation. The Magnet Recognition Program honors the outstanding contribution of patient care clinicians demonstrated through excellence achieved in leadership, clinical practice, innovations and positive outcomes.

Kelly Miles, RN, former CNO of Shands Jacksonville, congratulates the staff for Magnet recognition.

Florida Hospital for Children also received exemplary status in six areas, including community and educational partnerships, analysis and tracking of nurse satisfaction and strategic planning of leadership roles, according to a news release. Receiving six exemplars is above the national average and adds to the recognition from ANCC, according to a news release.

“I am so excited for the entire team because it has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get to this point,” Lisa Bowman, RN, CNO, Florida Hospital for Children, said in the release. “To be the only [children’s] hospital in Central Florida that has this recognition speaks volumes about the nurses that we have here. Our journey to receive Magnet recognition has been incredible, and I am so proud of all of our nurses.”

Shands Jacksonville staff celebrate the recognition.

For Shands Jacksonville and its more than 1,000 nurses, the recognition means validation for the level of excellence they have worked to achieve in patient care, according to a news release. It also should provide patients with the reassurance, based on carefully measured standards, that the nurses overseeing their treatment are highly credentialed, use best practices for quality and performance, receive strong satisfaction reports and have a positive influence on other hospital staff.

“Shands Jacksonville is such a special place and so deserving of this special recognition,” Kelly Miles, vice president and CNO, said in the release. “I am just thrilled that our nurses and other staff are being honored with this prestigious national distinction because our nurses and staff give so much to this community and our patients. Experienced care and expert caring. They deserve it, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

The Magnet Recognition Program is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice. The designation process includes the appraisal of qualitative factors in nursing, which are referred to as “Forces of Magnetism.” Magnet status can be renewed after four years if an organization continues to demonstrate performance according to quality benchmarks and reporting.

VISIT: for a full list of Magnet hospitals by state.

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