September 17, 2015
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.
This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. The credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.
“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” said Heidi Crooks, interim chief nurse executive at UCLA Health. “To earn Magnet recognition twice in the past was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our achievement of this credential for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”
Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.
An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its most recent recognition.
In particular, the Magnet model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.
“UCLA nurses have a passion for being the best in the world,” said Cathy Ward, chief nursing officer for the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “The Magnet Recognition Program continues to raise the bar for excellence in nursing and inspires us to pursue that goal every day.”
Being recognized as a Magnet facility for the third time is a great achievement for UCLA as it continues to proudly belong to the Magnet community—a select group of 420 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.
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Date: September 24, 2010
The Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has redesignated Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as a Magnet hospital - one of only 372 hospitals worldwide to achieve this prestigious distinction for excellence in nursing services and patient care.
A subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, the ANCC is the world's largest and most influential nurse credentialing organization. By recognizing outstanding patient care, nursing excellence and innovation in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides health consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring the quality of care they can expect to receive.
To preserve Magnet status, designated hospitals must maintain rigorous standards and undergo an extensive reevaluation process every four years.
"Magnet recognition is nursing's top honor and accepted as the gold standard in nursing excellence," said Heidi Crooks, R.N., M.A., chief nursing officer and senior associate director of operations and patient care services at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. "To achieve Magnet status is a tremendous accomplishment and a great source of pride for our nurses and staff. To retain Magnet recognition for an additional four years conveys our health care team's commitment to caring, to compassion, to connecting with our patients - and to each other. Together we have created an extraordinary environment of healing and excellence."
When U.S. News & World Report publishes its annual "America's Best Hospitals" ranking, being an ANCC Magnet organization contributes to the hospital's total score for quality of inpatient care. In the 2010 listing, eight of the top 10 medical centers featured in the prestigious "Honor Roll" were Magnet-recognized hospitals, including Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
The hospital's redesignation is confirmation of its ongoing mission to deliver the highest level of care currently available in nursing.
"In today's complex medical environment, it is increasingly important that consumers become familiar with the Magnet designation so they can seek out the best health care providers available," Crooks said. "Magnet is a seal of approval for quality nursing care."
Date: October 17, 2005 We are pleased and proud to recognize the Department of Nursing at the UCLA Medical Center on the occasion of our hospital's designation as a Magnet Hospital. Only a select group of hospitals in the U.S. earns this honor. There presently are 169 Magnet hospitals in the U.S., with 7 of them in California.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, began the official Magnet recognition program in 1994. The program honors hospitals that act as a "magnet" force for attracting nurses by creating and sustaining a work environment that recognizes and rewards them for outstanding clinical practice and close collaboration between Nursing and the rest of the hospital organization. Magnet Hospital designation is the highest and most prestigious honor an organization can receive for excellence in nursing and quality patient care. Magnet status honors the excellence of Nursing at UCLA but it also is recognition of the importance of collaboration among all our departments. Without a team of great physicians, pharmacists, therapists, technicians and support staff from all areas we would not have received this award. Magnet status communicates to consumers and other health care professionals that the UCLA Medical Center's highest priorities are the care we provide to our customers and the positive, professional practice of our employees. As we continue to celebrate the Medical Center's first 50 years of leading healthcare, it is fitting that our staff have earned Magnet recognition for our hospital. We congratulate all of you who have worked so hard on this process and look forward to your continued success. Thank you for your commitment to UCLA.
Additional information about the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program is available at www.nursingworld.org/organizational-programs/magnet/.