Bronson Methodist Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in southwest Michigan to attain Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® first in 2009 and again in 2013.
This program recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing and is considered the gold standard. It is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice and, to date, only seven percent of U.S. hospitals have earned it. This places Bronson Methodist Hospital among a select group of 401 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000.
In evaluating whether a health care organization should achieve Magnet recognition, ANCC considers the following five components that are considered global issues in nursing and healthcare:
- Visionary leadership transforming the organization to meet changing needs
- Empowered staff properly prepared to face all challenges
- Competent, dedicated and empowered nurses
- Continued innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice, and systemic improvements
- Outcomes measurement systems in place throughout the entire organization
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership, staff and providers. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.
An organization like Bronson seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts were sustained over the four-year period since the hospital’s last Magnet recognition. As organizations that have mastered these areas, Magnet-recognized healthcare organizations serve as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally.