Seattle Children's Hospital Awarded Highest Recognition for Nursing Excellence

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has awarded Magnet status to Seattle Children’s Hospital in recognition for its nursing excellence.


The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has awarded Magnet status to Seattle Children’s Hospital in recognition for its nursing excellence.

Less than four percent of hospitals in the United States have qualified for Magnet status and Seattle Children’s Hospital is the first pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest to achieve this distinction.

“This is a mark of excellence not only for our nursing program, but the entire hospital,” said Dr. Thomas Hansen, CEO at Children’s. “We are honored to receive this external recognition of the exceptional quality of our nurses - something our patients and their families have known for years.”

“Considered the gold standard of nursing care, Magnet status is the most prestigious honor a hospital’s nursing staff can achieve,” said Susan Heath, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Children’s and assistant dean of clinical-nursing practice at the University of Washington, School of Nursing. “Magnet designation affirms that Children’s nurses are among the best in the country; exceeding professional standards in nursing education, research, leadership and patient care.”

Designation was awarded after a rigorous evaluation process that began in February 2005 and included submission of an eight-volume, 30-pound application document, multiple stages of review and a week-long on-site appraisal conducted by the Magnet Recognition Program. During the on-site visit, appraisers evaluated over 150 nursing criteria and interviewed patients, nurses, doctors, executive administrators, and community members.

According to the ANCC, research indicates that Magnet hospitals produce better patient outcomes than other hospitals. Independent research also shows that Magnet hospitals consistently outperform their peers in recruiting and retaining nurses, resulting in increased stability in patient care throughout those hospitals. As a result, Magnet hospitals benefit from reduced costs due to low turnover.

“Anytime we can recruit the best nurses in the nation while retaining the outstanding nurses we have, our patients and families benefit,” said Hansen.

The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the ANCC from research conducted in 1983 that identified 14 characteristics in organizations best able to recruit and retain nurses during the nursing shortages. These characteristics became the ANCC Forces of Magnetism that provide the conceptual framework for the Magnet appraisal process. Hospitals must demonstrate these forces to earn and retain Magnet status: quality of nursing leadership, organizational structure, management style, personnel policies and programs, professional models of care, quality of care, quality improvement, consultation and resources, autonomy, community and the healthcare organization, nurses as teachers, image of nursing, interdisciplinary relationships, and professional development.

Children’s joins the University of Washington Medical Center as the only Magnet recognized hospitals in the state of Washington.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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