The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Nursing, is currently seeking our third designation as a Magnet institution. CHOP was awarded Magnet designation in February 2004 and was designated again in November 2008.
Magnet status is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Only about 6 percent of hospitals in the United States have achieved Magnet status — there are currently 393 Magnet organizations.
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.
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: