Magnet Hospitals Do They Give Better Nursing Care

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Magnet Hospitals Do They Give Better Nursing Care

Magnet Hospitals Do They Give Better Nursing Care
A Magnet hospital is one where nursing delivers excellent patient outcomes, where nurses have a high level of job satisfaction, and where there is a low staff nurse turnover. Magnet status also indicates nursing involvement in data collection and decision-making in patient care delivery. In theory, Magnet nursing leaders value staff nurses, involve them in shaping evidence-based nursing practice, and encourage and reward them for advancing their nursing practice. Open communication between nurses and other members of the health care team and an appropriate personnel mix to attain the best patient outcomes and staff work environment are what should be found in Magnet hospitals. Magnet Status was first granted in 1982 by the American Academy of Nursing to 41 hospitals with high retention rates for nurses. The Magnet Recognition Program was established by the American Nurses Association and the American Nurses Credentialing Center in the early 1990’s (Goode, Blegen, Park, Vaughn & Spetz, 2011, p. 517).
The subject of Magnet Status was selected in order to better understand the criteria for Magnet Status. One local hospital advertises they give better nursing care and uses their Magnet Status to support this. In the clinical setting, staff nurses at both local hospitals seem to be equally competent. Patients in the clinical setting have expressed their preference for the nursing care received at the non-Magnet hospital. Nurse patient interactions observed in the clinical setting have been more frequent in the non-magnet hospital. “Comparison of Patient Outcomes in Magnet and Non-Magnet Hospitals” compared patient outcomes and staffing in Magnet and non-Magnet hospitals.
One hospital’s advertising campaign used their Magnet status to

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