Why Magnet Designation Matters to Patients and Families
St. Luke’s Treasure Valley hospitals, clinics, and cancer centers have achieved Magnet Recognition three times by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). We are currently seeking our fourth designation in summer 2015.
St. Luke’s is one of only 8% of hospitals in the United States that are Magnet-designated. Of the approximately 5,000 hospitals in the U.S., just 414 have achieved Magnet designation, and only 26 have earned the designation four or five times.
Magnet recognition places our Treasure Valley nurses in the ranks of nurses at prestigious healthcare organizations such as the University of Washington, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and Providence Portland Medical Center.
Magnet recognition is valid for four years and applies to our Boise and Meridian Medical Centers, St. Luke’s MSTI, and 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 healthcare 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's this dedication to excellence that has earned St. Luke’s three consecutive Magnet designations.
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's 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.