Delnor Received Magnet Re-Designation, July 2008
A Magnet hospital is one that has met the specific standards set forth by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These standards define the highest quality of nursing practice and patient care. The standards must be demonstrated in a very extensive written document and validated and clarified by a site visit. In 2004, Delnor Hospital was the first non-academic facility in Illinois to receive Magnet status. In July 2008, Delnor received Magnet Re-Designation, joining Rush University Medical Center and Children's Memorial Hospital in Illinois as having this honor.
What Magnet Status Means to Nurses and the Hospital
The Magnet designation means that the hospital has created an environment that supports nursing practice and focuses on professional autonomy, decision making at the bedside, nursing involvement in determining the nursing work environment, professional education, career development and nursing leadership. This can only be accomplished with the support and participation of all the departments and employees in the hospital that place patient are first and foremost in the mission of their daily work. At Delnor, we have created this environment with the patient in mind.
What Magnet Status Means for Patients
Evidence indicates that hospitals that have achieved Magnet status have improved nurse to patient ratios, improved patient care outcomes, and receive higher patient satisfaction than non-magnet hospitals.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) was established in 1991 as a separate entity of the American Nurses Association. The ANCC has provided certification opportunities in more than 30 specialties and advanced practice areas of nursing. It is the only national system for accreditation and approval of continuing education in nursing.
The Magnet Recognition Program for Excellence in Nursing is administered by the ANCC. The program was based on research completed by nurses in the early 1980s who identified the attributes of organizations that were able to recruit and retain professional nurses.
The Magnet program identifies excellence in the delivery of nursing services, an environment that fosters and rewards quality nursing, recognizes the management philosophy and practice of nursing services and the adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care.