Magnet is given to a hospital in recognition of its quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. It’s the highest honor bestowed for nursing care in the nation. Jersey City Medical Center, which was originally recognized in 2008, is the only hospital in Hudson, Union and Essex counties to be recognized.
Hospitals are re-accredited very four years. It follows a rigorous 18-month re-certification process, which included an on-site visit earlier this year.
“This award reflects positively on everyone in nursing, especially all of our nurses at beside,” said Joseph F. Scott, President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center. “The Magnet Award speaks to our nurses’ commitment to patients, as well as the excellence achieved by our entire hospital community.”
According to the American Hospital Association’s Fast Facts on U.S. Hospitals, only 6.61 percent of all hospitals achieve Magnet recognition status – and even fewer are re-accredited. It is considered an important barometer on the quality of a hospital’s nursing care.
The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation and re-accreditation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services.
“We’re thrilled to have received re-accreditation; it’s been a long and time-consuming process,” said Dr. Rita Smith, SVP Nursing and Patient Care Services, Jersey City Medical Center. “Special thanks go to the hard work and dedication of our nursing directors, managers and patient care coordinators.”
The Magnet Award has been the mark of nursing excellence since 1983, when The American Academy of Nursing Task Force on Nursing Practice in Hospitals conducted a study to identify work environments that attract and retain well-qualified nurses who promote quality patient, resident and client care. Forty-one of 163 institutions were cited at that time for possessing qualities that enabled greater capacity to attract and retain nurses, and were therefore described as “magnet” hospitals. The characteristics that distinguished these organizations from others are known to this day as the "Forces of Magnetism."