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Journey to Excellence

UC San Diego Health maintains Magnet® recognition for Nursing Excellence from American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) through 2020. UC San Diego Health was first awarded with Magnet status in December 2011. It was recertified in 2016 for four years.

Nursing Magnet Journey 

The Magnet designation acknowledges hospitals that provide excellent nursing care to patients and families.  Achieving Magnet status was the culmination of a journey that started in early 2007 as a means of demonstrating UC San Diego Health's commitment to patient care and nursing excellence.

When first embarking on this journey, then UC San Diego Health Chief Executive Officer Richard Liekweg commented, “Achieving Magnet designation is consistent with our vision of providing clinical excellence, our mission to take exceptional care of people – our patients, our visitors, and each other – and our overall Power of Excellence journey. Although the Magnet Program has been fostered by ANCC and our Magnet journey is being championed by our nursing colleagues, achievement of Magnet Designation requires each and every member of our team to demonstrate a consistent level of professional practice that results in exceptional care to our patients.”

The Magnet Recognition Program is administered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). It was established in 1990 and provides a method of recognizing hospitals that create and maintain a professional practice environment that ensures quality patient outcomes.

The Magnet program is based on research which identified 14 characteristics that were best able to recruit and retain nurses. The 14 characteristics became known as the “Forces” and serve as the framework for the appraisal process and attributes that exemplify excellence in nursing.

The benefits of Magnet status are substantial. Research shows Magnet designation attracts highly qualified physicians and specialists; fosters a climate that reinforces collaborative working relationships; and above all, improves patient quality outcomes by establishing standards of excellence that health care organizations must attain. According to a survey conducted by the ANCC, 93 percent of respondents indicated that knowing that a hospital has passed rigorous standards regarding quality of hospital nursing care would increase their confidence in the overall care provided by the hospital.

Magnet Journey Video




UC San Diego Nursing Profesional Practice Model