FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital has achieved recognition as a Magnet Nursing Hospital, in affiliation with Moore Regional Hospital, as well as FirstHealth’s school nurse, community health and cardiac rehab program.
Twenty-one hospitals in North Carolina hold the Magnet designation, which is a program developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence. Worldwide, 386 hospitals have earned the designation.
To qualify for the recognition, nurses and staff leaders must provide evidence that the facility’s nursing quality meets or exceeds standards. Nursing quality and patient outcomes are measured through a national database, which compares the facility’s results with those of other institutions. Examples of nursing quality indicators include infection rates, effective relief of pain, prevention of pressure sores and patient care satisfaction levels.
“Magnet recognition involves a rigorous process of evaluation by the ANCC,” said Allison Duckworth, R.N., Richmond Memorial’s chief operating officer and nurse executive. “The ANCC surveyors evaluated nursing quality, culture, governance and patient outcomes data while considering this facility for recognition.”
In addition to the consideration of patient outcome, the organization also took into consideration such factors as: quality of patient care; shared decision making for nursing staff; quality of nursing leadership; and empowerment of nursing staff.
“Being a Magnet hospital is a distinguished recognition among the nursing community,” said Nancy Caulder, R.N., Richmond Memorial’s clinical practice coordinator. “Like a magnet, facilities with this recognition have the ability to attract great nurses.”
“I am very proud of the professionalism and dedication demonstrated by the RMH nursing staff over the course of our Magnet journey,” said Duckworth. “I would like to thank all of the RMH nurses who made this achievement possible. The attainment of Magnet status validates our commitment to nursing excellence and superior patient outcomes. We are thrilled to become one of only 21 Magnet hospitals in North Carolina.”
The American Nurses Credentialing Center is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association and provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC’s credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize health care organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Magnet Recognition Program, and the Pathway to Excellence Program; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education.
— Staff writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 18, or by email at email@example.com.