Why Magnet Designation Matters to Patients and Families
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) granted
St. Luke’s Health System’s Treasure Valley hospitals and clinics a third Magnet Recognition in 2010.
St. Luke’s is one of just 32 organizations nationwide to receive this designation for a third time. Our Treasure Valley nurses now join the ranks of nurses at prestigious health care organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Cedars Sinai, and the University of Washington that have received a third consecutive recognition.
Magnet recognition is valid for four years and applies to our Boise and Meridian Medical Centers, St. Luke’s MSTI, and the more than 80 St. Luke’s Clinics in the Treasure Valley.
The Magnet Program is the gold standard for nursing excellence. It provides a framework to recognize the highest level of nursing quality in:
- Management philosophy and practices of nursing service
- Adherence to standards for improving the quality of care
- Leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice and continued competence of nursing personnel
- Attention to the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients and their significant others, as well as the care providers in the system
Nurses are an integral part of every hospital, and patients count on them to take care of their needs when they have surgery, give birth, or undergo treatment for cancer. However, today’s health care organizations are facing many challenges, including a growing number of uninsured and under-insured patients, rising drug costs, and a severe nursing shortage. While St. Luke’s has also felt the effects of these challenges and changes, our commitment to caring has remained the same. It is this dedication to excellence that earned St. Luke’s our third Magnet designation.
Hospitals that achieve Magnet status not only have proven themselves as quality patient care providers, they are able to attract and retain skilled and experienced nurses and allied clinical professionals. All staff—both clinical and non-clinical—benefit from Magnet designation, because collectively each employee is recognized as being part of a safe, caring, and quality organization.
At Magnet facilities, low nurse-to-patient ratios are the rule, which helps ensure that nurses have adequate time to give all patients the special care they deserve. This means our patients and their families receive award-winning care that is compassionate, patient-centered, and always reaching for a higher standard. With Magnet designation, patients know that when they come to St. Luke’s, they care being cared for by some of America’s best nurses.