Nursing at Seattle Children’s

Awards and Honors

We’re proud of the awards that recognize the quality of care we give our patients and families, and the supportive work environment we provide for our nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Magnet Designation

Magnet recognized

Seattle Children’s is the only children’s hospital in the Northwest to receive Magnet Recognition. This honor is bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), sponsor of the Magnet Recognition Program.

In 2018, we received a four-year redesignation as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing services, following our original recognition in 2008 and again in 2013. Magnet hospitals go through a rigorous re-designation process every four years.

Children’s Surgery Verification

Children's Surgery Verification seal

Seattle Children’s is verified as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and the first children’s hospital in Washington to earn this status. To become a Level I verified center, Seattle Children’s met essential and rigorous criteria for staffing, training and protocols for care ensuring our ability to appropriately care for our surgical patients.  

Lantern Award

Lantern Award logo

Our Emergency Department was granted the Lantern Award for three consecutive award cycles: 2016-2019; 2019-2022; 2022-2025, from the Emergency Nurses Association. The Lantern Award is a recognition award given to an emergency department that exemplifies exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. This award is a visible symbol of an emergency department’s commitment to quality, presence of a healthy work environment and accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. By achieving Lantern Award recognition, emergency departments demonstrate to their peers that they exemplify a culture of excellence in emergency care that profiles strong leadership, practice credibility and workplace recognition.

Beacon Award for Excellence

Beacon Award badge

Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are recipients of the Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. For nurses, the Beacon Award signifies a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover. Applicants are judged in the areas of leadership, appropriate staffing, use of evidence-based practices, outcome measurement, effective communication and a focus on learning and development of nursing staff.

ELSO Excellence in Life Support Award

ELSO logo

For 2022, Seattle Children's has received the Gold ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support. The ELSO Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes ECLS programs worldwide that distinguish themselves by having processes, procedures and systems in place that promote excellence and exceptional care in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. ELSO’s goal is to recognize and honor ECLS programs that reach the highest level of performance, innovation, satisfaction and quality.

Ranked Among the Best in the Nation

Consistently ranked one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals.U.S. News & World Report has recognized Seattle Children’s as a top children’s hospital every year since it began ranking medical facilities 30 years ago. U.S. News & World Report is the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on pediatric hospitals in the United States. To calculate the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, U.S. News gathers relevant data from children’s hospitals in The Best Children's Hospitals methodology factors objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices. Rankings also factor in each specialty’s reputation, as assessed by thousands of pediatric specialists at peer institutions around the country.

Awards to Outstanding Staff


The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses recognizes the superhuman work nurses do every day. Each quarter, the award is given to six outstanding registered nurses at Seattle Children's selected by patients, families and members of the interdisciplinary team including nurses, physicians, nutritionists, social workers and other staff. The award was established by the DAISY Foundation, which focuses on the elimination of diseases attacking the immune system. It was set up in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his parents. 

March of Dimes

March of Dimes honors nursing excellence each year, and pays tribute to nurses who have a tremendous impact on patients and their families. Numerous nurses from Seattle Children’s have been recognized with these awards in a number of categories. A prestigious group of healthcare professionals review applications and make awards, choosing from nurses who are nominated by colleagues and families alike.