Atrium Health Teams Achieve Magnet Recognition for Excellent Nursing Care

07.12.2018 Atrium Health News | CMC News | Levine Children's | Levine Cancer Institute

Multiple Atrium Health nursing teams receive highest national honor for professional nursing practice

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 13, 2018 – After months of hard work – and years of dedication to the highest standards of nursing – the teams at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center and its outpatient clinics, Levine Children’s Hospital, and Levine Cancer Institute–Charlotte received the news that they had attained re-designation from The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®. Additionally, the nursing team at Carolinas Medical Center–Mercy received its first designation.

The Magnet program distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice. Only the top 8 percent, or 475 of the more than 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations have received the credential.

“This achievement recognizes the high standards of professional practice exhibited by our nurses every day,” said Robert Rose, MS, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nurse executive of Atrium Health’s Central Division, which includes Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Children’s Hospital, Levine Cancer Institute-Charlotte, and Carolinas Medical Center–Mercy. “Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”

To achieve initial 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. Healthcare organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years.

When applying, an organization must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its initial recognition.

According to a study in the Journal of Quality Nursing Care, Magnet-recognized organizations employ the best-trained and most-qualified nurses. The 2008 study found that job satisfaction, employee retention and patient satisfaction are higher at Magnet-recognized organizations.

About Atrium Health

Atrium Health, previously Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.