Magnet® and Pathway to Excellence®

Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program designates organizations worldwide where nursing leaders successfully align their nursing strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. The Magnet Recognition Program provides a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the whole of an organization. To nurses, Magnet Recognition means education and development through every career stage, which leads to greater autonomy at the bedside. To patients, it means the very best care, delivered by nurses who are supported to be the very best that they can be.

Pathway to Excellence

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) believes every nurse deserves to be working in such an environment. The Pathway to Excellence Program®–the premier designation for healthy work environments–recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate a commitment to establishing the foundation of a healthy workplace for staff.

Pathway Standards impact a range of factors that influence bottom-line results, such as employee turnover, job satisfaction and engagement, productivity and teamwork, nursing-sensitive quality indicators, errors and safety events, and patient satisfaction.

American Nurse Journal encourages you to read the articles below to learn about the achievements of these organizations and the individuals behind them.

What can Magnet do for you?

The Magnet Recognition Program identifies healthcare facilities committed to nursing excellence.

Energize your career with the forces of magnetism

Is a Magnet facility for you? Explore the benefits.

Spotlight on nurse staffing, autonomy, and control over practice

This article kicks off our series that examines the distinguishing traits of Magnet hospitals and discusses strategies that can make healthcare facilities more "magnetic."

Attaining Magnet status

The authors explain the program that has brought Magnet success to seven hospitals - so far.

Do Magnet facilitites maintain their “magnetism”?

Nursing researchers investigated 41 facilities to determine whether they maintained thier "Magnetism" after earning Magnet designation.
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