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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital earns 3rd Magnet recognition

Tuesday April 22, 2014
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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has earned Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the third time, the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

Texas Health Fort Worth was the first hospital in Tarrant County to earn Magnet status in 2005 and the first to achieve Magnet re-designation in 2009. It’s among 32 designated facilities in Texas, according to a news release.

“For the third time, this hospital’s nursing staff has shown itself as not only an outstanding group, but also a group that is a national leader in practices and performance,” Lillie Biggins, RN, FACHE, president of Texas Health Fort Worth said in the release. “I could not be more proud of our employees for their continued dedication and work ethic. This is a well-deserved recognition and one we wear proudly.”

For patients, the designation means Texas Health Fort Worth has demonstrated higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information; better patient outcomes; and higher job satisfaction and retention among nurses, according to the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet designation is included in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care for its annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals.”

“This designation shows the quality of our hospital and of our nursing staff and the fact that we are earning it for the third time speaks volumes,” Elaine Nelson, RN, MSN, CCRN, NEA-BC, CNO said in the release.

“Achieving a third Magnet designation requires a culture of excellence and a professional commitment to the care of our patients. I am so grateful for the tireless efforts of our staff and our leadership in earning this third Magnet designation and I invite us all to continue to strive to even greater heights.”

Magnet Program surveyors commended Texas Health Fort Worth on its support of ongoing education for nurses and its interprofessional collaborative practice, which brings together interprofessional teams of nurses and other health professionals to develop and implement innovative practice models for providing care.

Nurses who work in a positive environment with adequate resources and support from their organization at all levels improve quality of care, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Nursing Administration. Researchers with the New York University College of Nursing and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found Magnet hospitals were positively correlated with higher reports of excellent quality of care compared to non-Magnet hospitals.


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