Ochsner Receives Prestigious Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence

Added on May 15, 2008 | Filed Under: General News

NEW ORLEANS - Ochsner Medical Center, 1514 Jefferson Highway, is proud to announce today it has been re-designated with MagnetTM Recognition Status, the highest national award for nursing excellence. Ochsner first received this prestigious designation in 2003 and applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for re-designation in October 2007 and successfully completed a site visit in March 2008.

"Magnet status is recognized nationally as the gold standard for patient care and provides consumers with a benchmark to measure quality of nursing care. We're extremely proud of our nurses who've single-handedly played a role in our achieving this re-designation," says Nancy Davis, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer for Ochsner Health System.  "We are indebted to our nurses for their professionalism, energy and extraordinary ability to administer care that helps us deliver world-class care to every patient." 

The Magnet Recognition Program is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice as defined in the  American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association. The Magnet designation is awarded to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing. A Magnet hospital is a facility where nursing delivers excellent patient outcomes, where nurses have a high level of job satisfaction, and where there is a low staff nurse turnover rate and appropriate grievance resolution.
Magnet status also indicates nursing involvement in data collection and decision-making in patient care delivery.

"Magnet status is essential to our future," says Dr. Patrick Quinlan, Chief Executive Officer for Ochsner Health System.  "There are almost 2.7 million registered nurses in the U.S., and 2.2 million of them are actively employed.  These nurses work at all levels in healthcare, both clinical and administrative, and despite their constant presence in the healthcare setting and their invaluable contribution to patient care, their efforts are often under appreciated. Without nurses there would be no healthcare system and we are grateful to every single one of our nurses who've played a role in achieving this designation." 

Just last week, healthcare centers around the U.S. paid tribute to and honored nurses with National Nurses Week, a week-long celebration that is celebrated every May 6 through May 12.  In addition to formally recognizing the contributions nurses make to caring for patients, National Nurses Week helps build awareness of the crucial role that nurses and nursing play in healthcare.

Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education.  The system includes seven hospitals and over 35 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana.  Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and 450 clinical research trials annually.  Ochsner was ranked one of the "Best Places to Work" by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years.  Ochsner was ranked as "Best" Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007.  Ochsner has over 10,000 employees system-wide.

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