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Hunterdon nurses celebrate Magnet redesignation


Nurses at Hunterdon Healthcare, Flemington, N.J., learned May 13 that they were among an elite group of healthcare systems across the country who have earned redesignation of Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Deborah Zimmerman, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, chair-elect of the Commission on Magnet Recognition, told Hunterdon nurses on a conference call: “It was a unanimous decision by the Magnet Commission to redesignate Hunterdon Healthcare with Magnet status. Examples of their success that we recognized and that put them over the top were being rated No. 1 for patient safety in New Jersey, zero bloodstream infections, excellent inpatient satisfaction scores from Press Ganey, and for Hunterdon Healthcare’s exemplary leadership, teamwork and superb handling of [Superstorm] Sandy. Hunterdon Healthcare has what Magnet is all about.”

According to the ANCC, only about 6% of all healthcare organizations in the U.S. have achieved Magnet recognition since the program began in 1993. It recognizes organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services.

“We are so proud of this accomplishment,” Patricia Steingall, RN, MS, CNO and vice president of patient care services at Hunterdon, said in a news release. “It provides verification of the exceptional care our nurses provide our community. Achieving Magnet status means that Hunterdon has created an environment that supports nursing practice and focuses on professional autonomy, decision-making at the bedside, nursing involvement in the nursing work environment, professional education, career development and nursing leadership.”


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