The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Nursing, was re-designated as a Magnet institution in November, 2008. It was initially awarded Magnet status in February 2004.
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.
CHOP is one of less than 20 Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems with the designation and is one of two freestanding children's hospitals within the Commonwealth with this designation.
Hospitals attain Magnet status by going through a rigorous voluntary application process that proves its competence in the Forces of Magnetism. The Forces of Magnetism are the categories that are deemed essential to excellent patient care. These standards include quality of leadership, quality improvement, interdisciplinary relationships, and quality of care.
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:
To achieve Magnet status, CHOP had to prove its competence in the following categories (forces).