Jersey City Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health, attained
Magnet recognition again, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality
nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet
Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous
standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest honor for professional
Receiving Magnet recognition for the fourth consecutive time, especially with a number
of areas, “of distinction,” is a great achievement for the Medical Center, as it continues
to belong to the global Magnet community – a small, but select group of domestic and
international health care organizations and hospitals.
“Magnet recognition is a significant honor and reflects our commitment to delivering
the highest quality of care to Hudson County, and that we truly value nursing excellence
and outstanding care and treatment of our patients,” said Michael Prilutsky, President
and CEO. “To earn Magnet recognition the first time was a great accomplishment and an
incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated – this is the fourth time –
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.”
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.
Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.
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 have sustained and improved Magnet
concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization
received its most recent recognition.
“Patients trust their nurses to provide caring and skilled services and nurses regularly
report a desire to work in organization with the Magnet designation,” said Margaret
Ames, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services.
“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
fourteen years ago, and it’s why we continue to pursue and maintain Magnet