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Rutland Regional receives highest nursing credential with prestigious Magnet recognition

Recognition for the third time reinforces commitment to nursing excellence

Rutland Regional Medical Center attained Magnet recognition again this December, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

Receiving Magnet recognition for the third time is a great achievement for Rutland Regional, as it continues to proudly belong to the global community of Magnet recognized organizations.

Just 547 health care organizations in the world have achieved Magnet recognition.

“Our third designation as a Magnet organization comes during a time when nursing has been placed on a global and national platform for being a vital and leading profession in the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Betsy Hassan, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPPS, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services. “This honor reflects the continued focus of high-quality nursing care at Rutland Regional and how devoted our nursing staff is in caring for our community with evidence-based and patient-centered care. I could not be prouder of the Rutland Regional nursing team for their contributions over the past four years, and for their commitment and service to the community during the pandemic. This is an exceptional honor and a true testament to the high-caliber care our dedicated nurses provide every day at Rutland Regional!”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their communities, such as:

Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge info.

Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.

Higher job satisfaction among nurses.

Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges healthcare organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site or virtual 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. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance, and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.

“I am pleased to share that during this designation the Commission on Magnet recognized Rutland Regional for our high performance related nurse engagement and nursing influenced patient outcomes,” said Amy Martone, BSN, RN, MBA, NPD-BC, director of nursing excellence. “This is evidence of our ongoing commitment to excellence in nursing practice and patient care. It is an incredible honor for our nurses to achieve this third designation in 2020 as we wrap up the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.”

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