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Methodist Hospital Achieves Fourth Magnet Recognition

Published: Sept. 13, 2018

OMAHA — Methodist Hospital recently attained Magnet recognition for the fourth time, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. The credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

In 2004, Methodist became the first hospital in Nebraska to earn Magnet status. Now it is the first Nebraska hospital to achieve the status four times. Worldwide, a select group of 477 health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition. Of those, 45 have been designated as Magnet organizations four times.

“Our nurses are leaders in their field and are contributing to the advancement of the science and art of nursing,” said Teri Tipton, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, vice president for patient care administration and chief nursing officer for Methodist Hospital. “Because of their active engagement in research, evidence-based practice, innovation and policy, we achieve quality patient outcomes that exceed national benchmarks.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure-to-rescue rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.


Magnet recognition also is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for Magnet® Model nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. 

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.