Toby Marsh and members of many interdisciplinary teams celebrate the Magnet submission

UC Davis Health submits for Magnet Recognition for third time


UC Davis Health has once again made its submission for the Magnet Recognition Program, marking its third submission for the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence.

The health system has earned this designation twice before.

Flanked by dozens of individuals from multiple teams, Toby Marsh, UC Davis Medical Center Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer, pushed the submit button as staff fired celebratory confetti cannons. The Magnet program is a benchmark for the quality of care that patients receive.

“UC Davis Health nurses have a vision to provide the highest quality of patient care through the advancement of the professional nursing practice,” Marsh said. “Each day, our nursing teams demonstrate this commitment through providing science-based, technologically precise, compassionately-delivered care.”

The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practices. To achieve designation, the medical center provides written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. The rigorous certification process also includes a multi-day, on-site visit by ANCC representatives.

“This is a hospital designation that showcases excellent care that the entire hospital provides,” said Ellen Kissinger, Magnet Program Director. “It’s a nursing designation, but it really focuses on interprofessional teamwork. We have so many other areas to showcase, so we really want to showcase them in the site visit. We have so much progress to talk about at the site visit.”

Should UC Davis Health score an excellent on its submission, a potential site visit would be held in March 2023.

“Our Magnet document represents the hard work that all members of the care team across UC Davis Health do to provide our patients with the best possible care at all times,” Marsh noted.

Only seven percent of hospitals in the United States carry Magnet designations.

According to the ANCC, Magnet designation indicates an organization where nurses flourish as professionals and where an emphasis is put on providing nurses with the professional autonomy to make clinical decisions at patient bedsides. Such organizations also involve nurses in decisions regarding the patient-care environment, while also encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations with other care-team members.

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