Children’s Hospital Earns Prestigious Nursing Recognition

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MADERA – Children’s Hospital Central California attained Magnet recognition for a third time as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. With this prestigious honor, Children’s remains among the most elite healthcare organizations in the nation that have earned Magnet recognition. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing and is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

“We are thrilled to earn our third Magnet nursing designation,” said Beverly Hayden-Pugh, Children’s vice president and chief nursing officer. “This is testament to Children’s commitment to provide the very best care for patients and reinforces the culture of excellence that is the cornerstone of how we serve our patients and families. We’re so proud of our nursing staff, and our entire health care team, who are dedicated to providing exemplary care for children.”

Children’s was the first hospital west of the Rockies to achieve Magnet recognition. Only about 7 percent of the nation’s hospitals have met the criteria to earn this distinguished designation for providing the highest quality patient care, professionalism and innovation in nursing practice.

The redesignation was announced in a phone call from the ANCC to a group of nearly 200 Children’s team members who had gathered to learn the results of Children’s Magnet application.

Deborah Zimmerman, chair of the Commission on Magnet Recognition said in the call, “It’s one thing to attain Magnet once, but to have this be your third designation is just an extraordinary testament to your commitment to excellence. You are truly exemplary and role models for Magnet organizations.”

Among the areas of distinction noted by the Commission are:

  • Partnerships including Children’s Guilds’ commitment to supporting the Guilds Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment program and the work of the hospital in preventing the exploitation of children.
  • Helping hospitalized children celebrate milestones with their families
  • Implementing Condition HELP, a patient safety program that gives families an immediate voice in their child’s care
  • A strong peer review program for nursing

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that requires widespread participation from leadership and staff. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.

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