Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston attained Magnet Recognition for its second time in September, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.
Receiving Magnet Recognition for the second time is a great achievement for Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, as it continues to proudly belong to the global Magnet community — a small, select group of domestic health care organizations and hospitals in the U.S.
“Magnet Recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” Richard Davis, CEO and president, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, said. “To earn Magnet Recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.”
“Congratulations and thank you to all of our nursing staff for their tireless commitment to compassionate care and health care excellence. This recognition is a testament to the outstanding care that they provide to our patients and their families every day,” Jennifer O’Neill, chief operating officer and acting chief nursing officer, said.
Research demonstrates that Magnet Recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:
- Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information;
- Higher survival and rescue rates;
- Higher job satisfaction among nurses; and
- Higher nurse retention rates.
Magnet Recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet Recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.
The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.
To achieve initial Magnet Recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.
Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet Recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet Recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its initial/most recent recognition.
“We’re a better organization today because of the Magnet Recognition we first achieved in 2018,” Davis said. “Magnet Recognition raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnet-recognized organization, and it’s why we continue to pursue and maintain Magnet Recognition.”