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UC San Diego Health Nursing Achieves Magnet Status for Excellence in Patient Care


UC San Diego Health maintains the prestigious Magnet® Hospital designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes superior quality and innovation in nursing care.

UC San Diego Health first achieved the coveted honor in 2011 and is currently re-certified to 2020. 

To earn Magnet designation, hospital systems must satisfy a set of rigorous criteria.  ANCC evaluates hospitals based on proficiency and leadership in the following five key areas, considered global issues in nursing and healthcare:

  1. Visionary leadership transforming the organization to meet changing needs
  2. Empowered staff properly prepared to face all challenges
  3. Competent, dedicated, and skilled nurses
  4. Continued innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice, and systemic improvements
  5. Outcomes measurement systems in place throughout the entire organization

To achieve 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 on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

Currently, only 6% out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations have achieved Magnet recognition.