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U-M Health again earns nursing’s highest honor through Magnet redesignation

Less than 10% of U.S. hospitals receive the coveted distinction, which identifies organizations that meet rigorous standards for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – University of Michigan Health nurses continue to be recognized as among the best in the nation, again receiving the highest honor in nursing.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center announced March 17 that U-M Health, of Michigan Medicine, achieved Magnet redesignation. The prestigious Magnet distinction, awarded to less than 10% of U.S. hospitals, recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care and outcomes, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.  

U-M Health achieved its first Magnet designation in early 2017 after a rigorous and lengthy process that required widespread participation from leadership and staff and included written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.  

“Magnet status is the gold standard for nursing excellence and a tremendous honor,” said Chief Nurse Executive Nancy May, DNP. “This well-earned redesignation reflects the extraordinary nursing care at our institution and continues to distinguish us as a place where patients, families and the community can expect the highest level of care.”

The Magnet program provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. The program helps advance nursing standards through ongoing nursing education and career development and disseminating best practices in nursing services to improve patient care.

Redesignation also helps maintain a culture that attracts and retains exceptional nursing professionals.

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