The Medical Center of Aurora has achieved Magnet recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.
With this credential, The Medical Center of Aurora joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. TMCA is now one of only fourteen Magnet designated hospitals in Colorado, and fewer than 600 hospitals worldwide have achieved Magnet status.
What Magnet Means for Patients
Research has shown that Magnet recognition provides many benefits to patients and the hospital communities, including:
- Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information
- Lower risk of 30-day mortality, lower failure to rescue rates, lower rates of falls and improved skin integrity
- Assurance that the hospital holds top credential for excellence in nursing
What Magnet Means for Nurses
In addition to a higher level of care for our patients, our Magnet designation also means our nursing staff enjoys many benefits including:
- Highest levels of training and qualifications: More than half of RN decision makers hold graduate degrees, are certified by nationally recognized organizations and nearly one third are advanced practice nurses
- Higher employee satisfaction and lower staff turnover (the average Magnet facility turnover rate is less than 10 percent, the length of RN employment is 9.8 years and the nurse vacancy rate is less than 3 percent)
- Higher nurse perceived quality of care and higher nurse perceived unit effectiveness.
The Gold Standard
Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. 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.
The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization's nursing excellence.
The foundation of this model comprises 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.
The Journey to Magnet
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.