FEATURE | Posted Jan. 15, 2014

Highest recognition for nursing excellence

UC Davis Medical Center earns prestigious Magnet® recognition

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UC Davis Medical Center joins the ranks of elite clinical-care institutions in the nation with its new Magnet Recognition Program® status, which was granted this week by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The designation is the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence and a benchmark for the quality of care patients receive.

“UC Davis has a long history of demonstrated nursing excellence, and the Magnet recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our nurses and their care-team colleagues,” said Carol Robinson, chief patient care services officer and director of nursing at UC Davis Medical Center.  

The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the ANCC to recognize health-care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practices. To achieve designation, the medical center provided written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence about patient care and outcomes as part of a rigorous certification process that also included a multi-day, on-site visit by ANCC representatives.

"Achieving this elite status demonstrates UC Davis’ dedication to continuously improving the health of our patients, our community and our region.”
— Ann Madden Rice

Only about 7 percent of U.S. hospitals carry Magnet designation. UC Davis is the 25th organization in California, and the only one in Sacramento, to earn the highly regarded recognition. Studies indicate that Magnet Recognition Program hospitals typically have lower mortality and infection rates, as well as higher patient satisfaction and better work environments for nurses.

“I am proud of our entire team of health-care professionals,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center. “Led by our nurses, this truly was a collaborative effort with our physicians and others in an organization that has always been committed to the highest standards of patient-centered care. Achieving this elite status demonstrates UC Davis’ dedication to continuously improving the health of our patients, our community and our region.”

Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the world's largest and most prominent nurse credentialing organization, recognizes health-care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice.

The program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care.

According to the ANCC, Magnet designation indicates an organization in which nurses can flourish as professionals. These select health-care entities place an emphasis on providing their nursing staff with the professional autonomy to make clinical decisions at patient bedsides. They also involve nurses in decisions regarding the patient-care environment as well as enable more interdisciplinary collaborations with other care-team members.

Robinson, who began her career as an intensive care unit nurse, noted that one of the many facets that impressed the ANCC was UC Davis’ commitment to providing professional education, research and leadership development options.

“Training and education are top priorities,” added Robinson. “Our workplace encourages people to achieve their professional goals. Creating a culture dedicated to delivering safe, error-free care begins with having a skilled and knowledgeable workforce at all times.”

The Magnet Recognition Program was established in 1993. Designation is valid for four years, after which recipients must undergo a renewal process.