Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md., has achieved Magnet recognition for its patient- and family-centered care, nursing professionalism and teamwork, according to a news release.
Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Magnet Recognition Program, which ensures rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. Anne Arundel is one of 401 U.S. hospitals out of about 5,700 organizations nationwide that have achieved Magnet recognition. Only six other hospitals in Maryland and two in Washington, D.C., have achieved Magnet recognition since the programs inception in 1990, according to a release.
Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care, Tori Bayless, AAMCs president and CEO, said in the release. Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the patient- and family-centered care that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. Its also the tangible evidence of our nurses commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.
Over the last seven years, AAMC nursing has used the Magnet framework to improve care, quality and outcomes for our patients, while also improving nurse satisfaction and the work environment, Sherry Perkins, PhD, RN, chief operating officer and CNO at AAMC, said in the release. To apply for Magnet recognition, we had to be above benchmark performance in our nursing quality indicators, patient satisfaction and nurse satisfaction. Only 6% of hospitals nationally achieve this designation most hospitals cannot even apply.
The term Magnet refers to hospital work environments that attract and retain well-qualified nurses who promote quality patient care, according to the release. In granting Magnet status, the hospital was credited for best practices in nursing leadership, nursing satisfaction, patient satisfaction, implementation of evidence-based practice across the organization, and patient and family-centered care.