Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center and its outpatient clinics, Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital, Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute, and Atrium Health Mercy have again achieved Magnet redesignation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. National Magnet status is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice and distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.
“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor not just for the nurses at Carolinas Medical Center, but for all nurses across Atrium Health,” says Mary Beth Kingston, executive vice president and chief nursing officer for Advocate Health, of which Atrium Health is a part. “Our repeated achievement of this designation highlights the continued pursuit of nursing excellence and delivering the best care for our patients and our community.”
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Program distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. There are currently just over 600 Magnet-designated facilities in the nation. Carolinas Medical Center is one of 12 designated hospitals across Advocate Health. Once designated Magnet, hospitals must apply for redesignation every few years. With each application for ANCC Magnet designation or redesignation comes an extensive appraisal of a hospital’s nursing services, clinical outcomes, and patient care. It includes research as well as interviews with nurses, patients and families. With each application, the standards for nursing excellence become more rigorous.
“The bar for what qualifies as nursing excellence is always rising,” says Robert Rose, vice president and chief nurse executive of Atrium Health’s central area, which includes the Charlotte metropolitan area. “At Atrium Health, our nurses are proud to be pushing those standards even higher. We are continuing to innovate and lead the future of nursing practice from virtual technology to groundbreaking research. In short, Atrium Health nurses are changing the way we care for patients – for the better and for all.”