NEWPORT – Newport Hospital recently received the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition, nursing’s highest distinction, for the third time.
In order to achieve this designation, organizations must undergo an evaluation that features both qualitative and quantitative documentation of high-level patient care, as well as an on-site review every four years. Re-designation also requires evidence that the hospital not only has sustained Magnet standards, but improved on concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the hospital’s last evaluation.
Only 2 percent of U.S. hospitals achieve re-designation. Out of 6,000 U.S. health care organizations, 401 groups hold Magnet status, according to the release.
The Miriam Hospital also holds Magnet status, but Newport Hospital is the only Rhode Island Hospital to hold both the Magnet recognition as well as the Baby-Friendly designation from the World Health Organization and the United Nation Children’s Fund.
According to the release, research shows that hospitals with Magnet status are shown to have higher patient satisfaction and shorter recovery times.
The original Magnet research study was conducted in 1983, which identified 14 characteristics known as the ANCC Forces of Magnetism. These characteristics have been organized into five model components that are used to provide a conceptual framework for nursing best practice and research. The five main components are:
Exemplary professional practice
New knowledge, innovations and improvements
The American Nurses Credentialing Center is an internationally renowned credentialing organization and it is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. It seeks to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through its credentialing programs for both organizations and individuals.