Blessing Hospital earns Magnet recognition, nation’s top honor for nursing excellence

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Blessing Hospital employees gathered Monday, July 25, to hear the announcement that the hospital had earned the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence — Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. | Photo courtesy of Blessing Hospital

QUINCY — Blessing Hospital has achieved Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest national honor awarded for nursing excellence. Of the more than 6,300 hospitals in the country, only 591 (9.4%) achieve Magnet recognition.

The announcement of Blessing’s achievement was made Monday, July 25.

Research demonstrates Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and the communities they serve, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nursing care received
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and better ability to rapidly identify and treat complications when they occur.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet standards provide a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions 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. The evaluation gauges an organization’s nursing excellence.

“Achieving Magnet recognition reflects and reinforces the culture of excellence that guides Blessing Hospital in its service to Tri-State residents,” Tim Tranor, chief nursing officer for Blessing Health, said in a press release. “It’s also tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing exceptional care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

To achieve 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.

Blessing began the Magnet application process two years ago.

“Nursing care is like a chain. It takes only one weak link for a chain to break,” said Maureen Kahn, president and chief executive officer, Blessing Health and Blessing Hospital. “With that in mind, earning this highest national honor is the result of the commitment to exceptional care demonstrated daily by every nurse on every shift at Blessing Hospital.”

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