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LIJ Medical Center achieves Magnet designation

Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y., has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with a Magnet designation. The credential recognizes healthcare organizations for nursing excellence, quality patient care and innovations in professional nursing practice, according to a news release.
Of more than 6,000 hospitals in the nation, 7% have achieved Magnet status, according to the release. LIJMC became the 22nd Magnet facility in New York State and is distinguished as the third facility in the North Shore-LIJ Health System to achieve Magnet status, along with Huntington Hospital and Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, according to the release.
The four-year designation was awarded based on the medical center’s performance in nursing quality indicators, particularly in low infection rates, falls and pressure ulcer rates, and high RN and patient satisfaction scores, according to the release.
“Patient satisfaction is a challenge for every hospital and especially for us when you consider our emergency room volume has increased significantly over the past several years,” CNO Margaret Murphy, DNP, RN, said in the release.
Magnet appraisers were impressed with the professional development of LIJMC nurses, according to the release.
The Insitute of Medicine’s landmark Future of Nursing report in 2010 called for 80% of RNs to hold a baccalaureate by 2020. LIJMC is at 81.7%, according to Murphy. In addition, 42% of LIJMC nurses hold professional certifications, which is above the national benchmark, according to the release.
Magnet appraisers recognized LIJMC’s innovative initiatives, including technology such as the Murphy Cabinet. The custom-designed cabinet accommodates the latest technology to “facilitate nurses spending more time at the bedside,” Linda Vassallo, MSN, RN, NE-BC, senior administrative director, patient care services, and Magnet program director, said in the release.
Murphy credited nurses for their work during the rigorous, lengthy Magnet process, which requires “many years, hard work, staff engagement and having the right people in the right structure to build to where you are ready to even apply for Magnet status,” she said in the release.

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