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UC Davis Medical Center earns, celebrates Magnet designation


Nurses in the Nurse Residency Program and direct care staff who served as Magnet site visit escorts pause for a picture following the session with Magnet appraisers.

UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., joined the ranks of organizations across the nation with new Magnet Recognition status, which was granted Jan. 13 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The designation is the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence and a benchmark for the quality of care patients receive.

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 appraisers.

Four appraisers interviewed 1,298 nurses, medical and ancillary staff members from all inpatient units, the emergency department, perioperative services, ambulatory services and the Primary Care Network, as well as patients and families. Only about 7% of U.S. hospitals achieve ANCC Magnet Recognition. UC Davis is the 25th organization in California, and the only one in Sacramento to receive recognition.

UC Davis Medical Center impressed appraisers with everyday practice of interdisciplinary collaboration, teamwork and nurse driven initiatives that demonstrate a culture of quality and excellence.


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