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

oral chemotherapy tracking tool

Implementing and evaluating an oral chemotherapy tracking tool

An academic medical center develops guidelines for monitoring medication adherence and side effects in outpatients.  Takeaways: A gap exists between recommendations for nursing staff who are monitoring patients prescribed oral chemotherapy/oral oncolytics for adherence and...
rotating peripheral iv catheters

Rotating peripheral IV catheters based on clinical indication

How one hospital used lean methodology coupled with evidence-based practice to update nursing care. Takeaways: Healthcare organizations must strive to update policies to reflect the most current updated standard of practice from the Infusion Nurses...
path quieter unit

The path to a quieter unit

Get staff engaged in evidence-based practice and quality-improvement projects. Takeaways:  Using a participatory and shared governance approach, nurses conducted evidence reviews to identify interventions to improve patient satisfaction with sleep and noise.  Nurses used Lean...
documentation electronic health record

Nurse documentation and the electronic health record

Use the nursing process to take advantage of EHRs’ capabilities and optimize patient care. Takeaways:  If not used properly, the electronic health record (EHR) can create communication gaps.  The nursing process can be applied to...
magnet recognition cnos perspective

The value of ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program®: A CNO’s perspective

Reap the benefits of retention, innovation, and a safe workplace. Takeaways:  Research indicates that Magnet-recognized organization have better outcomes related to lower error rates, fewer healthcare-acquired infections, and lower patient mortality rates.  An organization’s focus...
mobile devices healthcare infections

Mobile devices and healthcare-associated infections

Nursing research—a win for nurses and patients. Takeaways:  Mobile handheld devices are being used at more often in healthcare settings.  These devices have the potential to be infection carriers and cause healthcare-associated infections.  The disinfection...
safe staffing solution engagement ant

Staffing committees: A safe staffing solution that includes engagement

With nurse input, this hospital strives for staffing satisfaction. Takeaways: Staffing and scheduling presents some of the greatest challenges for both leaders and clinical staff. Collaborative efforts around staffing decisions enhance engagement. Input from direct...
novel ethic champion program ant

Novel ethics champion programs

Three pediatric hospitals share tips for success. Takeaways: Ethics champion programs can connect nurses with the ethical foundations of nursing practice and promote moral agency in clinical care. Three pediatric hospitals describe how ethics champion...
compare pathway excellence magnet recognition program ant

Comparing Pathway to Excellence® and Magnet Recognition® Programs

Two roads to nurse engagement and quality outcomes. Takeaways: Magnet recognizes healthcare organizations for quality outcomes, patient care and nursing excellence, and innovations in professional practice Pathway emphasizes supportive practice environments, including a established shared-governance...
2019 magnet application manual raise bar nursing excellence ant

2019 Magnet® Application Manual raises the bar for nursing excellence

In October 2017, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® released the 2019 Magnet® Application Manual, the 12th application manual in the 27-year history of the program. It builds upon the foundation of seminal research conducted in the early 1980s that led to the creation of the program, but it also incorporates contemporary standards that address challenges faced globally by healthcare organizations today.

Transitional care—The pathway to integrated care delivery

Clinical and community partnerships reduce hospitalization and emergency department visits. Takeaways: Nurses need to lead the way in redesigning integrated healthcare delivery. Building relationships and navigating with patients across the care continuum identifies gaps in...
national magnet nurse year 2017 award winnersnational magnet nurse year 2017 award winners

National Magnet Nurse of the Year® 2017 award winners

By Rebecca Graystone, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on the Magnet® designation as the ultimate...
designing sustainable research strategy ant

Designing a sustainable research strategy

A workshop helps frontline nurses pursue research interests. By Stephanie A. Walton, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Kara Sankey, MSN, CNL, RN; and Nichelle Jensen, DNP, APNP Encouraging all levels of nursing to participate in research is an...