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As a part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, Providence St. Peter Hospital has once again received Magnet recognition.

The program distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

With this achievement, Providence St. Peter retains its place among the best of the best as part of the Magnet community — one of just three hospitals in Washington and 520 health care organizations out of nearly 6,300 in the nation.

“We should be extremely proud to be recognized once again as being part of such an elite group of healthcare organizations, based on the high quality of our nursing and the performance outcomes we’ve achieved,” said Suzie Scott, chief nursing officer at Providence St. Peter Hospital.

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts were sustained over the four-year period since the hospital’s initial Magnet recognition. As organizations that have mastered these areas, Magnet-recognized healthcare organizations serve as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally.

“Providence St. Peter was first recognized in 2010 by Magnet, said Scott “We are honored to be recognized once again by the nation’s leaders in nursing excellence and the promotion of quality nursing care.”

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World

Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

“Providence St. Peter’s third Magnet recognition is a testament to our dedicated nursing staff,” noted Scott. Magnet recognition raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnet-recognized organization, and it’s why we continue to pursue and maintain Magnet recognition.”

About Providence St. Peter Hospital

Providence St. Peter Hospital is a 420-bed, not-for-profit regional teaching hospital founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1887. Located in Olympia, the hospital offers comprehensive medical, surgical and behavioral health services to residents of Southwest Washington. St. Peter is a regional leader in cardiology, oncology, orthopedics and neurosciences.

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.

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