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I suppose it's only natural for NHRMC to minimize the definition of Magnet to that of "retaining and recruiting nurses," but alas, it isn't that simple. Magnet enforces fourteen "forces" that facilities must meet in order to qualify for designation: 1-Quality of Nursing Leadership 2-Organizational structure with flat, decentralized decision making 3-Management style that is participative 4-Personnel policies and procedures supportive of nursing 5-Professional models of care 6-Quality of care 7-Quality improvement 8-Adequate consultation and resources 9-Autonomy 10-Community and the hospital 11-Nurses as teacher 12-Image of nursing 13-Interdisciplinary relationship 14-Professional development The aim of Magnet is not "recruuiting and retaining," but about attracting the best nurses, and providing a work environment where the best nurses can BE the best nurses in their practice. The goal of Magnet is to improve patient outcomes by providing the best nursing possible. The forces of magnetism are meant to set a standard for both nurses and nursing as a healing art. For those of you in the business world, Magnet is like an ISO program, for you consumers, it is like the Good Houskeeping Seal of Approval. It indicates quality, and continuation of quality through investment and teaching. That NHRMC has lost their designation "despite high marks" (which mathematically just doesn't work out), is a matter for great concern, and should be treated as such, as it is a statement of the facilities inability to meet with standards that directly impact patient outcomes.


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