August 5, 2005

Magnet recognition efforts gaining steam

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Tina Hartert, M.D., is investigating the reasons for increased asthma morbidity among pregnant African-American women.
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Magnet recognition efforts gaining steam

Efforts are well under way across the Medical Center as employees work toward achieving Magnet Recognition, one of the top honors a hospital can receive for the quality of its nursing care.

Committees have formed and several groups are working to roll out informational programs to help educate staff about Magnet accreditation and what will take place at VUMC. Others are working on gathering data to send to the Magnet Credentialing Center to support the work that is already being done to help recognize excellence.

A Web site is in the works and should be up and running soon and kickoff activities are being planned.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) created the Magnet Recognition Program to recognize health care organizations offering the highest level of nursing care, based on quality indicators and standards of practice.

Acting like a magnet, organizations attract and retain top talent in every field.

“Vanderbilt has pulled together to showcase our accomplishments and has truly embraced this work,” said Sabrina Downs, M.S.N., R.N., director of the Magnet Recognition Program at VUMC.

Marilyn Dubree, M.S.N., R.N., chief nursing officer and director of Patient Care Services at VUMC, also applauded the work being done.

“Achieving Magnet status will be an affirmation of the excellence of nursing at Vanderbilt and is congruent with the VUMC elevate initiative.”

Once written documentation has been submitted in the fall, a site visit from ANCC Magnet surveyors is anticipated in November or December.

During the visit, surveyors will further evaluate the written evidence and interview Medical Center staff. Results of the review will be announced shortly thereafter. Magnet sites must repeat this process every four years to maintain the designation.