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 ANCC in over 3,000 pages of supporting documents. After our documents were accepted, St. Mary's had a 3-day site visit by appraisers who eventually made a recommendation to the ANCC governing board. In January 2011, we received the call that the ANCC board had unanimously approved St. Mary's as a Magnet recognized facility.