Alegent Creighton Health Lakeside Hospital again receives highest nursing credential with prestigious Magnet® Recognition
Article Date: Feb 10, 2014
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American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®Recognition reinforces commitment to providing nursing excellence

OMAHA, NE – Alegent Creighton Lakeside Hospital has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing and is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Lakeside Hospital is one of only five hospitals in Nebraska to attain Magnet recognition.

"Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community," said Inglish Camero, MSN, RN, vice president of patient care services at Lakeside Hospital. "To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our achievement of this credential for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve."

Magnet recognition 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.

"Magnet recognition is a great achievement," said Jane Carmody, DNP, RN, CENP, vice president and system chief nursing officer for Alegent Creighton Health. "The nursing communities within Alegent Creighton Health are proud of what Lakeside Hospital has accomplished and are focused on our goal to have each of our campuses earning an advanced designation."

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its most recent recognition.

In particular, the Magnet model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization's nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of 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.

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:
  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information;i
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue;ii
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses;iii and
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position.iv

"We're a better institution today because of the Magnet recognition we previously achieved," said Cindy Alloway, president of Lakeside Hospital. "It helped us to raise the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnet facility again."

Being recognized as a Magnet facility for the second time is a great achievement for Lakeside Hospital, as it continues to proudly belong to the Magnet community - a select group of 397 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations. Lakeside Hospital was initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2008.

About Catholic Health Initiatives in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa – Alegent Creighton Health and the Catholic Health Initiatives organizations in Nebraska and southwest Iowa are integrating to create single, regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined faith-based organization will consist of 16 hospitals, two stand-alone inpatient behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Nearly 15,900 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University's health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2013, the network provided a combined approximate total of $138 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Corning, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas. For more information, visit our websites: www.alegentcreighton.com and www.chinebraska.org

16 hospitals:
Bergan Mercy Medical Center - Omaha
Community Memorial Hospital - Missouri Valley, Iowa
Creighton University Medical Center - Omaha
Good Samaritan Hospital - Kearney
Immanuel Medical Center - Omaha
Lakeside Hospital - Omaha
Memorial Community Hospital - Blair
Memorial Hospital - Schuyler
Mercy Hospital - Corning, Iowa
Mercy Hospital - Council Bluffs, Iowa
Midlands Hospital - Papillion
Nebraska Heart Hospital - Lincoln
Plainview Hospital - Plainview
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center - Lincoln
Saint Francis Medical Center - Grand Island
St. Mary's Community Hospital – Nebraska City

2 Stand-alone, Inpatient Behavioral Health Facilities
Lasting Hope Recovery Center - Omaha
Richard Young Behavioral Health Center – Kearney

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.

i Kutney-Lee, A., McHugh, M. D., Sloane, D. M., Cimiotti, J. P., Flynn, L., Neff, D. F., Aiken, L. H. (2009). Nursing: A key to patient satisfaction. Health Affairs 28(4): 669-77.
ii Aiken, L. H., Clarke, S. P., Sloane, D. M., Lake, E. T., Cheney, T. (2008). Effects of hospital care environment on patient mortality and nurse outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration 38(5): 223-229; Friese, C. R., Lake, E. T., Aiken, L. H., Silber, J. H., Sochalski, J. (2008). Hospital nurse practice environments and outcomes for surgical oncology patients. Health Services Research 43(4): 1145-1163.
iii Lacey, S. R., Cox, K. S., Lorfing, K. C., Teasley, S. L., Carroll, C. A., Sexton, K. (2007). Nursing support, workload, and intent to stay in Magnet, Magnet-aspiring, and non-Magnet hospitals. Journal of Nursing Administration 37(4): 199-205l; Schmalenberg, C., Kramer, M. (2008). Essentials of a productive nurse work environment. Nursing Research 57(1): 2-13; Ulrich, B. T., Buerhaus, P. I., Donelan, K., Norman, L., Dittus, R. (2007). Magnet status and registered nurse views of the work environment and nursing as a career. Journal of Nursing Administration 37(5): 212-220; Ulrich, B. T., Woods, D., Hart, K. A., Lavandero, R., Leggett, J., Taylor, D. (2007). Critical care nurses' work environments: Value of excellence in Beacon units and Magnet organizations. Critical Care Nurse 27(3): 68-77.
iv Ulrich, B. T., Buerhaus, P. I., Donelan, K., Norman, L., Dittus, R. (2007). Magnet status and registered nurse views of the work environment and nursing as a career. Journal of Nursing Administration 37(5): 212-220.
v American Hospital Association. Fast Facts on US Hospitals. Retrieved from http://www.aha.org/aha/resource--?center/Statistics--?and--?Studies/fast--?facts.html  

 


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