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Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital among top hospitals to achieve prestigious nursing care recognition five times

Published: April 9, 2024

Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital attained Magnet recognition, the highest national honor for nursing care, for the fifth consecutive time in March – a testament to the hospitals’ continued dedication to high-quality nursing care.

Every four years, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes health care organizations that meet the highest standards for nursing excellence. Of the more than 6,000 U.S. hospitals, only 53 have earned Magnet recognition five times. There are currently five Magnet hospitals in Nebraska, and Methodist was the first in the state to achieve Magnet status in 2004. 

“This fifth achievement not only puts Methodist in prestigious company nationwide – it also reaffirms the tireless efforts and dedication of our nurses while reinforcing the core values that guide our work every day,” said Teri Bruening, vice president and CNO of patient care services for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital. “It’s a testament to past leaders and staff members who were trailblazers in starting us on this journey 20 years ago. And it validates Methodist Health System’s continued support of compassionate, innovative approaches to patient care and outcomes.”

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 thorough 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. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance, and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition. 

U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for inpatient care. Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, including: 

  • Higher patient satisfaction when it comes to nurse communication, availability and discharge information
  • Lower 30-day mortality risk and failure-to-rescue rates 
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses and fewer reports of nurses intending to leave their positions

Said Bruening: “Methodist’s commitment to providing the highest level of care possible helped us achieve Magnet recognition. The Meaning of Care has helped us maintain it.”


About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program 

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program is administered by the largest, most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world and exists to identify health care organizations that provide the best care and highest level of professionalism in nursing practice. 

The Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit