To put it simply, Magnet® recognition is a program that recognizes excellence in nursing.
The difficult process for receiving Magnet® recognition included design and implementation of our model of nursing care (Relationship-Based Care) and establishing Shared Governance to incorporate all nurses into decision making processes. In addition, St. Mary's nurses wrote our story to the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) in over 3,000 pages of supporting documents. After our documents were accepted, St. Mary's had a three-day site visit by appraisers who eventually made a recommendation to the ANCC Magnet® governing board. In March 2016, we received the call that the ANCC board had approved St. Mary's as a re-designated Magnet® recognized facility.