Aurora nurses earn nursing care's highest honor third consecutive time

magnet logoIn 2009, five Aurora Health Care medical centers were recognized as Magnet hospitals for the third consecutive time since 2001. The American Nursing Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that provide quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in nursing practice.

The designated hospitals are Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, Aurora St. Luke's South Shore, Aurora Sinai Medical Center and Aurora West Allis Medical Center in Milwaukee County, and Aurora Medical Center in Washington County. Aurora's other medical centers are currently working toward Magnet designation.

Receiving Magnet designation for the third consecutive time places Aurora and its nurses in an elite group of less than 1 percent of hospitals honored nationwide, and recognizes that we continually offer patients the highest-quality care leading to better patient outcomes, lower nurse turnover and higher patient-satisfaction rates.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center developed the Magnet Recognition Program to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies. The stringent designation process includes documented evidence of achievement of standards with validation through site visits.

"Magnet designation is the most prestigious honor bestowed in the nursing profession and this recognition is a confirmation of the great care that is given to our patients each day at these hospitals," said Marie Golanowski, RN, vice president and chief nurse executive. "Magnet status shows nursing professionals, physicians and patients the importance Aurora places on the patient experience."

"Aurora Health Care is an organization that is grounded, stable and innovative, and we look to organizations like yours to lead others to Magnet excellence," said Gail Wolf, chair of the Magnet Commission. "Redesignation positions you to be the innovative leaders of tomorrow."

"While the award acknowledges excellence in nursing, it is awarded to the entire hospital because of the evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and emphasis on quality," said Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, RN, vice president and chief clinical officer. "These hospitals all embody the core characteristics of Magnet-recognized facilities and their commitment to excellence makes achieving this designation possible. We are all very proud of this wonderful and rare accomplishment."

Magnet Recognition is the highest honor awarded for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This recognition demonstrates how Aurora's activities have aligned to produce superior patient outcomes and a supportive environment for nursing practice.

The criteria used to evaluate nursing practice are based on the American Nurses Association Standards of Care and Standards of Professional Performance. These standards serve as the template for each nursing unit's Standards of Care.