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Children’s Hospital Receives Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence


The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has announced that Children’s Hospital Central California has once again been designated a Magnet Recognized hospital.
“This is both an honor and a reaffirmation of our nursing excellence,” says Chief Nursing Officer Beverly Hayden-Pugh. “We are so proud to again have that excellence recognized.”
Children’s originally received Magnet recognition in 2004, the first pediatric hospital in the Western United States to do so. This latest recognition follows a months-long evaluation process that included a site visit.
“Magnet Recognition is important to us and to our patients,” says William F. Haug, President and CEO of Children’s. “It tells our patients they will be getting elite-level nursing care, and it assists us in attracting and hiring the very best nurses to provide that care.”
Only 5.1% of all health care organizations in the United States have achieved ANCC Magnet Recognition status. The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence.  Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care.
The original Magnet research study from 1983 first identified 14 characteristics that differentiated organizations that were best able to recruit and retain nurses during the nursing shortages of the 1970s and 1980s. These characteristics became the ANCC Forces of Magnetism that provide the conceptual framework for the Magnet appraisal process.
Learn more about Magnet Nursing at Children’s here.