Magnet Nursing Excellence

Florida Hospital is recognized as a leader in nursing care and is committed to an excellence journey toward achieving MagnetTM recognition. Our professional nursing team is actively engaged in this journey and to the pursuit of excellence for patients, families and our healthcare team.

The Magnet journey emphasizes the value of many existing strengths of Florida Hospitals' nursing team, including evidence based practice, shared governance, nursing research, support for continued personal and professional advancement of our nurses and excellent patient outcomes.

Only 6.61% of hospitals nationally achieve this prestigious, international designation of Magnet recognition. Our efforts to elevate nursing with Magnet designation are a shining testimony to the dedicated commitment by Florida Hospital nurses to patient care and nursing excellence.

What is the Magnet Recognition ProgramTM

Magnet recognition is granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is the highest level of recognition a hospital can achieve for excellence in nursing. The Magnet Recognition ProgramTM recognizes excellence in nursing practices, quality patient care and excellent clinical outcomes. Magnet hospitals are also known for fostering open communication — between nurses and other members of the health care team-and enhancing nurse involvement in decision-making about patient care.

The Magnet Recognition Model reflects current research on organizational behavior with the four components: Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, exemplary Professional Practice and New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements. This current model has evolved from the original 14 forces of magnetism. The fourteen forces are embedded within this new framework. The Model guides the transition of Magnet principles to focus healthcare organizations on achieving superior performance as evidenced by outcomes.  The model is also reflective of evidence -based practice, innovation, evolving technology, and patient partnerships. Learn more about the Magnet Recognition Program's model.

What is the process?

To achieve MagnetTM designation, a hospital must demonstrate compliance with a series of rigorous standards that reflect high levels of nursing practice. The initial process is to assess the current culture and performance outcomes, structures and processes that support nursing.  Generally, this assessment identifies the opportunities for improvements and change to develop a culture of excellence that extends to every nurse, team member and touches each patient. The intent is to develop the organization that is consistently living each of the 117 standards. The journey to MagnetTM designation can take several years, depending on the organization. Once the organization is living excellence, the process requires documentation of each of the standards and examples that support the outcomes and the processes to demonstrate commitment to sustaining nursing excellence, improving professional practice, and transforming the culture of a work environment. This information is compiled into a Magnet manual and submitted to ANCC for review. If the written manual is scored in a "range of excellence" by ANCC appraisers, the hospital is granted a site visit. Following the site visit, appraisers report their findings to the ANCC Magnet Commission, who conduct a blind vote on whether to grant Magnet designation to a facility. The designation is granted for four years, and the hospital must re-apply for re-designation as a Magnet hospital. To learn more, visit the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® website.