Magnet Recognition for CHOP's Department of Nursing

In January 2014, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Nursing, again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. CHOP was initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2004 and was the first pediatric hospital in Pennsylvania to receive Magnet status. In 2008 CHOP was re-designated as a Magnet institution.

Magnet recognition status

Magnet status is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hospitals attain Magnet status by going through a rigorous voluntary application process that focuses on the attainment of excellent patient outcomes that are directly influenced by the excellent care provided by professional nurses. The Magnet Model, with a focus on transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, and new knowledge, innovations, and improvements, results in outstanding outcomes (ANCC, 2007).

Magnet organizations must show that their nursing outcomes are better than comparison national benchmarks in several dimensions, including patient falls, hospital acquired pressure ulcers, healthcare acquired infections, pediatric pain management, and peripheral IV complications. Magnet organizations must also exceed national benchmarks for patient and family satisfaction, as well as nurse satisfaction.  

What Magnet status means for your family

Why is Magnet status important to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia? How does it help our patients and their families? There are several reasons:

  • The patients are No. 1, and the care reflects that.
  • Hospitals with Magnet status have lower mortality and morbidity rates, better patient outcomes, and a shorter length of stay.
  • Evidence-based practice produces better patient care models. These patient care models help CHOP foster a superior patient care environment.
  • Magnet status attracts higher quality professionals, ensuring the CHOP staff are among the best.