Magnet hospitals—formally designated as such by the American Nurses Credentialing Center—are recognized for their excellent work environment and their success in attracting and retaining nurses. Magnet hospitals also have been associated with better patient outcomes (such as fewer falls and fewer very low-birthweight infant deaths) than non-Magnet hospitals.
The researchers found the Magnet effect in hospitals was more than what could be attributed to the measured organizational characteristics. One possible explanation is that magnet recognition is a marker for preexisting quality, and a practice environment supportive of high quality nursing care.
About the Study:
Researchers compared 56 Magnet hospitals with 508 non-Magnet ones in four states—California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida—to determine whether organizational characteristics that differentiate Magnet hospitals from other hospitals were associated with lower mortality and failure-to-rescue rates.