UCI Health recognized as national Magnet hospital for nursing excellence

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Fourth consecutive designation reflects commitment to nursing 

November 12, 2018

UC Irvine Medical Center’s continued commitment to nursing excellence has earned it a fourth designation as a Magnet®-recognized hospital. It is one of the first hospitals to receive a fourth recognition since the program began in 1993.
A program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Magnet® designation recognizes nursing excellence and provides patients with the ultimate benchmark to measure expectations of care. Those achieving Magnet status must maintain rigorous standards as part of the four-year designation. 
“The Magnet Recognition Program honors the commitment our nurses make every day to providing the highest care possible for our patients,” said Pat Patton, RN, MSN, chief nursing officer for UCI Health. “This fourth recognition reflects our nursing team’s commitment to sustaining a culture of excellence that drives better outcomes for our patients.”
Magnet®designation has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, 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. Only about 8% of U.S. hospitals achieve Magnet designation. There are currently 482 Magnet hospitals in the nation and 36 are in California.
The ANCC conducts a comprehensive review of patient outcomes and satisfaction linked to nursing practices. In addition, the center closely examines the medical center’s environment and the organization’s ability to recruit and retain top talent.  According to the ANCC, research shows that Magnet® hospitals are more effective at attracting and keeping quality nurses.
AANC surveyors cited additional efforts UCI Health nurses have made to improve patient care, including: 
Expanding infection prevention practices
Improving the flow of patients from the emergency department into the hospital in order to reduce ER wait times
Developing individualized care plans for burn patients and their …

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