Awards and Recognition
One of the ways Sanford Health demonstrates our legacy of nursing excellence is through validation from industry and professional organizations.
Magnet® Status Hospital Recognition
The American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association and the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States, established Magnet® recognition in 1994. Research has shown that patient care outcomes are better at Magnet® hospitals, where there is an environment that empowers nurses, values their contributions and supports nursing leadership. Magnet® status is awarded for a four-year period, after which hospitals must apply again for the recognition.
- Sanford USD Medical Center and Clinics has been a Magnet®-recognized organization since 2003, being designated four consecutive times for nursing excellence.
- Sanford Bismarck has been a Magnet®-recognized organization since 2003, being designated four consecutive times for nursing excellence.
- Sanford Medical Center Fargo has applied to the Magnet® Recognition Program – taking the first step toward Magnet designation
What Does it Take to Achieve Magnet® Status?
Magnet® hospitals exemplify the 14 forces of magnetism established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center by demonstrating:
- A high-quality care environment
- Clinical autonomy and responsibility
- Participatory decision-making
- Strong nurse leaders
- Two-way communication with staff
- Community involvement
- Opportunity and encouragement for professional development
- Effective use of staff and resources
- High levels of job satisfaction (directly affects patient satisfaction)
- Attention to cultural and ethnic diversity
Magnet® Status is the highest national recognition awarded to a hospital or medical center for excellence in nursing. It is accepted nationally as the gold standard of patient care and provides healthcare consumers with a benchmark to measure quality of nursing care.
What Does Magnet® Status Mean?
The Difference in Being a Magnet® Hospital Independent research shows that Magnet® facilities consistently outperform non-Magnet® facilities by demonstrating:
- Lower mortality rates
- Shorter lengths of stay
- Increased stability in care and positive outcomes
- Increased satisfaction and confidence levels
- Higher rates of job satisfaction
- More appropriate RN mix
- Better delivery of quality care
- Autonomy in clinical practice
- Lower incidence of needlestick injury
- Increased retention and recruitment of nurses
- Collaborative work environment
- Lower rates of staff nurse turnover
- Increased attraction of high-caliber nurses, physicians and specialists