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Magnet Designation

Your St. Luke’s nurses are among the very best in the United States. Our Boise and Meridian hospitals, St. Luke’s MSTI cancer centers, and Treasure Valley clinics are designated Magnet facilities — the gold standard for nursing excellence. 

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 four consecutive Magnet designations.

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.

St. Luke’s achieved its fourth Magnet designation in 2015 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). St. Luke’s is one of just 30 organizations nationwide to receive this designation for a fourth time. Our Treasure Valley nurses rank with nurses at prestigious healthcare organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Cedars Sinai, and the University of Washington.

The Magnet Program 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.

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.

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