For the fourth time in a row, the American Nurses Credentialing Center has granted Magnet recognition to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Magnet designation recognizes healthcare organizations for excellence in nursing and patient outcomes.
In 2000, Cedars-Sinai became the first southern California hospital to earn the Magnet honor, and it is the only hospital in the state to be granted the designation four times. Nationwide, fewer than 400 hospitals have earned the four-year Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the credentialing arm of the American Nurses Association. Studies show Magnet hospitals tend to have lower mortality and infection rates, as well as higher patient satisfaction and nurse staffing levels.
This accomplishment recognizes not only our excellence in nursing, but our ability to provide the highest quality patient care that exceeds the expectations of those who trust us with their lives, Vice President and CNO Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, DrPH, FAAN, said in a news release.
Cedars-Sinai earned the designation following a rigorous review of the facility and its programs. During the past four years, Cedar-Sinai has encouraged and enabled nurses to participate in the decision-making process regarding safety and patient care in their units. The input has led to a number of nurse-driven improvements and innovations, such as:
– Use of iPads to facilitate visiting between new mothers recovering from childbirth and their babies in the NICU. See Nurse.com article, Cedars-Sinai nurses embrace technology (Nurse.com/article/Cedars-iPads).
– The Rock and Roll program for women in labor designed to shorten labor time and decrease the number of cesarean sections.
– Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders initiative and participation in the identification and assessment of frail elderly patients to decrease the length of hospital stay and readmission rates.
Recognition for commitment to RN education
Cedars-Sinai also was recognized for its commitment to continued nurse training and education.It has provided nurses with free educational programs and financial assistance through the Geri and Richard Brawerman Nursing Institute since 2002. The medical center also sponsors employee tuition assistance for baccalaureate and masters degree classes and offers review courses and exams for specialty certifications.
Magnet designations are based not only on the quality of care provided, but also on a commitment to continuously improving patient care and the health of the community.