It is with great joy and excitement that I write this blog.
Today the American Nurses Credentialing Center again named Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin a member of the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program. This was a unanimous decision by the Commission on Magnet.
This morning a large group of direct-care nurses, multidisciplinary staff, and leaders huddled in a crowded conference room anxiously awaiting a call from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. There was so much excitement in the room when the phone rang. Once we were told that we retained our Magnet status, the crowd just erupted into applause and cheer as the conversation was played out on a speaker phone.
We knew we were part of an elite group, but we were informed by Gail Wolf, DSN, RN, FAAN, the Chair of the Commission for Magnet Recognition, that we truly are part of an elite group. Only 2 percent of our nation’s hospitals have been redesignated Magnet Hospitals. No, that’s not a typo. Two percent. Ms. Wolf said they were extremely impressed with our application, evidence and the site visit.
The center awards Magnet Recognition in honor of excellent nursing care and professionalism in nursing management. They also recognize the interdisciplinary work required to give excellent care. We first earned Magnet Recognition in 2004. To retain Magnet status for another four years really underscores the commitment of our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the patients and families we serve.
I am so honored and proud of everyone in this hospital. The exceptional level of care and professionalism I see every day is cause for celebration.
- Nancy Korom, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is designated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.