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Modifying the Magnet model: The shape of things to come

By: American Nurses Credentialing Center

The Magnet™ model has a new look and focus. To provide greater clarity and direction and eliminate redundancy in the 14 Forces of Magnetism, the ANCC has created a new model emphasizing 5 Model Components. This model reflects a greater focus on measuring outcomes, provides a framework for nursing practice and research, and serves as a roadmap for organizations seeking Magnet recognition.

1. Transformational leadership

Healthcare is undergoing a transformation, and today’s leaders must transform their organization’s values, beliefs, and behaviors. Leading people where they want to go is fairly easy, but a transformational leader must lead people where they need to be to meet the demands of tomorrow. Such leadership requires vision, influence, clinical knowledge, and expertise as well as an understanding that transformation may require atypical solutions and create turbulence.

2. Structural empowerment

Structures and processes developed by influential leaders provide an innovative environment in which professional practice flourishes and an organization’s mission, vision, and values help achieve desired outcomes. Strong relationships with community organizations also strengthen practice and improve patient outcomes. Achieving these results requires an organization to have a strategic plan, structure, systems, policies, and programs. The organization also needs to develop, direct, and empower the staff to find the best ways to accomplish organizational goals and achieve desired outcomes.

3. Exemplary professional practice

The essence of a Magnet organization is exemplary professional nursing practice. An organization must understand the role of nursing with patients, families, communities, and the interdisciplinary team as well as nursing’s use of new knowledge and evidence. This component focuses on what professional practice can achieve.

4. New knowledge, innovation, and improvements

Strong leadership, empowered professionals, and exemplary practice are building blocks for Magnet organizations, but they aren’t the final goals. Magnet organizations have a responsibility to contribute to patient care, the organization, and the profession in terms of new knowledge, innovations, and improvements. Our current systems and practices need to be redesigned and redefined for us to succeed. This Component includes new models of care, the application of existing evidence, new evidence, and visible contributions to the science of nursing.

5. Empirical outcomes

The original Magnet Recognition model focuses primarily on structure and process. It has no quantitative outcome requirements because benchmark data for comparison with best practices weren’t available. But the question today isn’t “What do you do?” or “How do you do it?” It’s “What difference did you make?” Magnet organizations must use quality data to measure outcomes and demonstrate solutions to the problems in our healthcare systems.

Learning about the new model

The new ANCC Magnet Application Manual will incorporate the 5 Components as the basis for achieving Magnet recognition. The 14 Forces of Magnetism will remain the foundation of the program.

The ANCC will co-host a series of workshops about the new Magnet model at hospitals around the country. Learn from the experts how these changes impact the program and your organization’s documentation submission. Visit for dates, locations, and registration information.

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  • Marsha Leone
    July 14, 2019 6:23 pm

    New and fresh ideas will not come or be produced if there is an insistence of conforming to what already exists, if so, what’s new? Nursing in the 21st century and the future will need to develop its own identify and define what it is for others.

  • Heather Leach
    June 5, 2019 1:08 pm

    Job description: Must be a team player, organized, show exceptional leadership skills, be able to evolve and adapt to change and empower others through education and sharing ideas.

  • Every new thing, be it knowledge, or a new idea evolves. Even so our job or profession evolves, and continues to do so. When we accepts it, it’s use and understand it, evolves. It beacons and procures and extension of itself that leads to a new life of something yet to come. Magnet model of nursing stems from practical application of nursing process. We can see the new era before us ready to come.

  • Mark O'Connor
    March 22, 2019 2:39 pm

    Is there a specific job description that exemplifies the Magnet model of nursing? Any information you could provide would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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