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Methodist Health receives Magnet® recognition

Methodist Health receives Magnet® recognition

Magnet® recognition, the highest recognition award the American Nurses Credentialing Center grants to healthcare organizations for excellence in nursing practice, has been achieved by Methodist Health in Henderson, Kentucky.

As the first health care institution in western Kentucky to receive this prestigious designation, Methodist Health joins 452 others in the U.S. to have achieved this award since the University of Washington Medical Center Seattle became the first Magnet Hospital in 1994. Fewer than 7% of the country’s hospitals are Magnet credentialed by the American Nurse Association.

The history of Magnet dates back to the nursing shortage experienced in the U.S. during the 1980s. After a task force from the American Academy of Nursing studied hospitals that were successfully attracting and retaining nurses, 41 hospitals were found that served as “magnets” for professional nurses. Fourteen common components were identified that were later incorporated by the Board of Directors of the American Nurse Association into a pilot program for the Magnet award in 1990.

The road to this recognition required extensive involvement by staff councils regarding shared governance; research and evidenced based practice; professional development; recruitment, retention and recognition and quality. Examples of Methodist Health’s exemplar professional practice were also submitted, i.e. nurses advancing their degrees (BSN, MSN, DNP), certifications in specialty areas, membership in professional organizations and the professional practice model.

Methodist Health submitted an application to be considered for Magnet status in 2013. Following submission of documents, which were accepted in 2015, a site visit by Magnet appraisers completed a site visit over a three day period — February 8 to 10, 2016. The purpose of the site visit was to verify, clarify, and amplify the content of the written documentation and evaluate the organizational setting in which nursing is practiced.

Kelly Jenkins MSN, RN, NE-BC, Magnet Program Director, commented, "The Magnet designation not only recognizes Methodist Nurses, but all of our staff and providers, for tremendous teamwork and interdisciplinary care.

“The journey has been a culmination of months of hard work to outperform quality and patient satisfaction benchmarks which all staff should be commended.”

For questions regarding this press release, please contact Brandi L. Schwartz at 270-831-7836 or bschwartz@methodisthospital.net.