Excellence in Nursing
Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group are proud to hold Magnet® designation, a national recognition for nursing excellence granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Carle first achieved Magnet designation in 2009 and was re-designated in February 2015, this time as an integrated health system.
The prestigious recognition is granted to healthcare organizations that meet ANCC standards for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation in professional nursing practice. It provides an independent third-party evaluation of nursing and quality of care, illustrating dedication to continual improvement for patients. Achieving Magnet status is recognized nationally as the “gold standard” of nursing excellence. Only 7 percent of U.S. health care organizations achieve Magnet recognition.
“Magnet re-designation is a difficult goal to achieve, and it’s a testament to the quality care our nurses provide to our patients every day,” said Pam Bigler, RN, Carle senior vice president and chief nursing officer.
Re-designation is a rigorous process because the initial recognition acknowledges meeting high standards, but in a second designation an organization must illustrate it has exceeded those benchmarks.
Donna Havens, chair of the Magnet Recognition Program® added, “It is one thing to obtain Magnet. It is another to maintain it. You are an exemplary organization, and it is a well-deserved recognition.”
The four-year Magnet re-designation, which runs to 2019, acknowledges the continued success of Carle hospital and ambulatory locations in delivering high-caliber patient-centered care, demonstrating participative leadership and showcasing innovation.
“This is a reflection of something that is not just great. It is outstanding. It is world-class,” said James C. Leonard, MD, president and chief executive officer, The Carle Foundation. “We will continue to elevate our care, develop new best practices and improve the health of our community.”
Benefits OF MAGNET
Research shows Magnet hospitals deliver higher quality and safer care than non-Magnet hospitals. Nurses at Magnet hospitals also are more highly educated and adhere to best nursing practices. Patients can expect:
- Better outcomes
- More time with nurses at the bedside
- Shorter lengths of stay
- Lower mortality rates
- Higher patient satisfaction rates
Magnet organizations offer a superior working environment where nurses are highly valued. Carle’s clinical staff enjoys state-of-the-art technology and the opportunity to conduct research in difference-making areas such as pain management. In addition, Magnet hospitals provide:
- More interaction with patients
- A commitment to following best nursing practices
- Higher nurse satisfaction rates
- Increased nurse retention and recruitment
- A positive working environment
- Better relationships with physicians and other clinical staff
Magnet hospitals are among the most innovative and technologically advanced in the country. And they foster collaboration and encourage strong professional relationships between medical and clinical staff. Research has demonstrated that Magnet hospitals are better able to attract high quality physicians and specialists, who enjoy working with a superior medical and clinical team.
Certified Nurses at Carle
More than 170 nurses at Carle have achieved a nationally recognized credential through successful completion of a rigorous exam process. Certification is a significant marker of the knowledge and experience they bring to patient care.
Evidence shows that certified nurses promote:
- Patient confidence in a nurse's abilities
- Earlier intervention to prevent problems
- More nurse/physician collaboration
Certified registered nurses at Carle hold certifications in many specialties, including:
- Adult critical care
- Case management
- Medical/surgical care
- Wound care
- Emergency communications
- Sexual assault
- Neonatal intensive care
- Ambulatory perianesthesia
- Ostomy care