In May 2018, Brigham and Women’s Hospital received the prestigious Magnet designation, which is considered the gold standard of nursing excellence and high-quality patient care delivered by an entire institution.
The Brigham joined 8 percent of hospitals in the nation that have achieved Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.
The hospital’s journey to Magnet included the documentation and submission of an impressive body of evidence with 75 examples that show how the Brigham meets Magnet’s 49 standards. A four-day site visit from Magnet appraisers came in March 2018, during which nurses and other staff spoke about the work they do each day in collaboration with their colleagues throughout the hospital.
More than 240 nurses served as Magnet champions and played a vital role in preparing the hospital by educating others about Magnet and why BWH is deserving of this recognition.
“Our Magnet champions led the entire hospital on our journey, drawing staff from different units and departments closer together and creating positive energy that truly united all of us,” said Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Services Maddy Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC.
Magnet matters to staff, patients and prospective employees for many reasons. Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:
The Brigham was praised for three exemplars within its body of evidence, which means that the hospital has gone above best practice in these areas:
“Magnet designation is so meaningful because it recognizes the work we do together as a team each day at Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” said Brigham Health President Betsy Nabel, MD.