September 16, 2014 (Tampa, FL) - The world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization has once again presented its highest designation for quality nursing care to Tampa General Hospital. It is the third time that Tampa General has received Magnet® certification for excellence in nursing.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, notified Tampa General Monday that it had approved the hospital’s designation as a Magnet hospital. The ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program recognizes hospitals that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practices, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, leadership, and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity. Magnet status lasts for four years.
Tampa General, which first earned the distinction in 2005, submitted a lengthy application for its third designation that included a four day site visit by an ANCC survey team. The team reviewed thousands of pages of documentation and conducted personal interviews with staff and patients.
“We believe Magnet designation enhances our ability to attract and retain experienced and talented nurses,” said Deana Nelson, the hospital’s chief operating officer. “This designation also reflects the high level of teamwork with our nurses, physicians, and the support staff. Having the best nurses in the world would not have earned Magnet designation without that teamwork.”
According to the ANCC, research shows:
• Magnet designated hospitals consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses, resulting in increased stability in patient care and positive patient outcomes.
• Since quality nursing is an important factor in enlisting high caliber doctors and specialists, Magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.
• Magnet hospitals have lower mortality rates and shorter lengths of stay.
• Healthcare consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of nursing standards established by the Magnet Recognition Program.