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Magnet Frequently Asked Questions

What is Magnet?

  • Recognition of excellence in nursing care and professional nursing practice.
  • Supports nursing practice
  • 1994: first facility awarded “Magnet”
  • 2005: 192 organizations
  • 2006: 231 organizations
  • 2007: 275 in the application process
  • 2008: April UC San Diego Health submitted an application
  • 2011: December UC San Diego Health achieved Magnet Status
  • 2016: November UC San Diego Health was recertified with Magnet status for four more years
  • ANCC Magnet recognized organizations will serve as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally. They will be solidly grounded in core Magnet principles, flexible, and constantly striving for discovery and innovation. They will lead the reformation of health care; the discipline of nursing; and care of the patient, family, and community.
  • Magnet hospitals must meet stringent quantitative and qualitative standards that define the highest quality of nursing practice and patient care.
  • The Magnet designation means that the hospital has created an environment that supports nursing practice and focuses on professional autonomy, decision making at the bedside, nursing involvement in determining the nursing work environment, professional education, career development and nursing leadership. This can only be accomplished with the support and participation of all the departments and employees in the hospital that place patient care first and foremost in the mission of their daily work.

What does a Magnet Culture look like?

In a good culture, staff would answer:

  • I am proud to tell people that I work for UC San Diego Health
  • I would recommend UC San Diego Health to friends or family members who need care.
  • I would like to be working at UC San Diego Health three years from now.
  • I would stay at UC San Diego Health if offered a similar job elsewhere for slightly higher pay.
  • I would recommend UC San Diego Health as a good place to work.
  • Overall, I am a satisfied employee.
  • I have confidence that UC San Diego Health will be successful in the coming years
  • UC San Diego Health has high quality standards
  • I like the work I do
  • Overall I am satisfied with my compensation package
  • UC San Diego Health supports work-life balance
  • UC San Diego Health treats employees with respect
  • My department provides high quality care and service
  • I have confidence in the management team’s leadership
  • I have a strong belief in the UC San Diego Health Core Values and patient centered model of care
  • Our leaders aspire to Transformational Leadership which is Enlightened Leadership that inspires and motivates followers to a higher moral level

How will it affect patient outcomes?

  • Important to patients who want to go to the best hospitals
  • Appeals to physicians who want to work with excellent nurses
  • Builds a Unique relationship with patients
  • Appeal to interdisciplinary team members
  • Nursing excellence and evidence based practice leads to improved patient outcomes
  • Improved outcomes and unique relationships with patients leads to higher patient satisfaction

How will it affect my work environment?

  • Decision making at the bedside
  • Easier to recruit and retain nurses
  • Keeps the nursing staff more stable which supports full staffing requirements
  • Take a leadership role in the profession of nursing
  • Increase nursing satisfaction makes for a more pleasant and a satisfying place to work
  • Encourages quality care and professional practice
  • Promotes evidence based practice and interdisciplinary team practice.

What is Shared Governance?

  • Participation in decision-making
  • Nurses participate in decision making regarding patient care issues and hospital issues that will impact patient care and patient satisfaction.
  • Appropriate grievance resolution
  • The person I report to involves me in decision making that affects my work.
  • An organizational process that gives healthcare professionals control over their practice and extends their influence into administrative areas previously controlled only by managers.

What is the UC San Diego Health Nursing Philosophy?

  • We as professional nurses believe that caring relationships are at the core of our nursing practice. We care for our patients and their families, our health care team members, ourselves, and each other as nurses.

  • Our nursing practice is based on Joanne Duffy’s Quality Caring Model which explains that feeling cared for is essential to achieving exceptional outcomes. The goal is for all of us to “feel cared for” by embedding the following caring actions into our daily work of nursing.

What are the tenets of Professional Nursing?

  • Life long learning
  • Participation in decision-making
  • Peer review
  • Unique relationship with patients
  • This supports magnet which is recognition of excellence in nursing care and professional practice.

How does magnet align with our bargaining unit and contract?

  • A collaborative, mentoring relationship is in alignment with excellence in nursing and positive patient outcomes.

What’s in it for us?

  • Participation at the decision making table
  • Understanding how and why decisions are made
  • Educational opportunities
  • Career development
  • High job satisfaction
  • Low turnover
  • Easier to recruit and retain nurses
  • Focus on professional autonomy
  • Enhanced communication with all members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Improved interpersonal relationships with those you work

Doesn’t Magnet make more paperwork and why would we want more paperwork?

  • Magnet doesn’t make more paperwork; it reinforces the model of professional practice, it allows us to improve our practice by increasing nurses’ input through shared governance.
  • Magnet should not create more work, it should be inherent in the quality work we already do and in the basic reasons why most of us chose nursing as a profession.

How can we improve quality and at the same time focus on the positives?

  • Life long learning
  • Peer review
  • Continuous improvement is the antidote for stagnation
  • Improving quality and improving outcomes is a positive in and of itself, as it can also mean going from good to better or better to best, it doesn’t have to be an improvement from a negative.
  • Setting high goals for quality means better patient outcomes, better patient satisfaction.