With increased focus on clinical excellence, the number of ANCC Magnet-designated hospitals continues to grow.
The number of US hospitals awarded Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) increased to 445 in 2016, according to the latest update to the Campaign for Action’s Dashboard of the Future of Nursing. Although the campaign was still awaiting 2016 data on the number of US hospitals from the American Hospital Association and, consequently, could not provide an updated stat on the percentage of hospitals that now boast Magnet status, the proportion is likely somewhat more than 9%. (That’s what you arrive at, anyway, if you carry over the 2015 data on the number of US hospitals).
This news is not only welcome for the hospitals that have earned the prestigious honor, but it’s also positive for their nurses, other employees and patients. The Magnet Recognition Program limits its recognition to the best of the best: facilities that have meticulously documented and demonstrated their top-notch nursing processes and quality patient care.
With a gradual rise in the proportion of hospitals having attained this gold standard since the program’s launch in 1990, the progress is good for the profession, too. The Campaign for Action tracks Magnet as an indicator (albeit a secondary one) of progress made toward implementing recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 Future of Nursing report.
The growth of Magnet status, the campaign points out, reflects gains in education; specifically, increasing the proportion of nurses with BSNs. Hospitals that earn Magnet recognition have plans to achieve an 80% BSN-rate among their nurses by 2020. Furthermore, their nurse managers and nurse leaders are required to have a BSN or higher degree.