Achieving Magnet Hospital Recognition

Magnet hospitals are those hospitals that are recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for recruiting and keeping nurses while providing quality care to patients. Magnet hospitals are characterized by nurses that are autonomous with control over practice, communicate well with physicians, and have supportive leaders. The current investigation examined how hospitals were successful at obtaining magnet recognition. Three focus groups with 24 participants were conducted at the National Magnet Hospital Conference. The study sample was comprised of chief nurse executives (CNEs) and magnet coordinators from magnet recognized hospitals. Participants were asked, "How did you pursue ANCC magnet recognition?" Transcripts from focus groups were analyzed by coding data into categories and highlighting relevant themes. Examples of some of the identified themes were: getting stakeholders such as physicians and other nurses to "buy-in," constant and open communication, mentoring, and celebrating progress. Attending to these, and other, themes garnered from the focus group data will help hospitals interested in magnet recognition learn, as the authors assert, "how to do it."