Despite high marks, New Hanover Regional Medical Center has lost its Magnet designation. That designation is given to hospitals for their ability to retain and recruit nurses. The Magnet designation is only given to about 2 percent of hospitals across the country. New Hanover Regional had the designation since 2003. Nurses said not getting the designation will not effect patient care. “It's really about results and at New Hanover Regional Medical Center,” said registered nurse Martha Harlan. “We have a 4% vacancy rate and when you compare that to the state average of 11% to 12%, it shows.” It is voluntary for hospitals to apply for the Magnet designation. Although the principals stressed by the Magnet program have benefited the hospital, Harlan said New Hanover will not reapply for the designation at this time.
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