UNC Hospitals honored for 2nd time with Magnet Recognition

UNC Hospitals has once again achieved Magnet recognition from the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC grants Magnet Recognition, its highest national credential, in recognition of quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. UNC Hospitals is one of only 420 health care organizations in the United States (out of more than 6,000) to earn the honor.

UNC Hospitals honored for 2nd time with Magnet Recognition click to enlarge UNC Hospitals' nursing leaders gathered on Sept. 14, 2015, to receive news of our Magnet re-designation during a call with the ANCC’s Commission on Magnet Recognition.

“This achievement is a testament to the great work and care provided by our entire nursing team,” said Mary Tonges, PhD, RN, UNC Hospitals Senior VP and Chief Nursing Officer. “But beyond nursing, there are many others across the organization we need to thank, including our physician colleagues, Nutrition & Food Services, Environmental Services, Communications & Marketing, and many, many others.”

Dr. Tonges, many nursing leaders, and leaders from a number of support services gathered in the N.C. Cancer Hospital’s conference room on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, to receive news of the re-designation during an afternoon phone call with Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, chair of the ANCC’s Commission on Magnet Recognition.

During the call, Dr. Havens spoke highly of both UNC Hospitals’ re-designation application and the feedback from Magnet Commissioners from their summer 2015 site visit.

“My fellow commissioners told me that I should be so proud to be associated with UNC-Chapel Hill,” said Dr. Havens, who also serves as the Interim Dean of the UNC School of Nursing (but was not involved in the Magnet re-application or review process for UNC Hospitals). “They were most impressed.”

In their remarks, the ANCC Magnet Commissioners cited six specific exemplars of excellence at UNC Hospitals (up from three exemplars identified in UNC Hospitals initial 2010 Magnet Recognition):

  • Mentoring and succession planning
  • Organizational support for clinical nurse involvement in community health care outreach 
  • Nurse satisfaction and engagement data 
  • Nurse-led collaborative inter-professional quality improvement activities, including evolution of the inpatient Ebola team and hypothermia protocol in CICU
  • Carolina Care
  • Performance on SCIP and VTE nurse-sensitive measures

Nursing Magnet 2015
Mary Tonges, PhD, RN, congratulates the room of nurses gathered to hear the good news.
UNC Hospitals’ Magnet re-application team was led by Cathy Madigan, DNP, RN, UNC Hospitals VP and Associate Chief Nursing Officer; Meghan McCann, MSN, RN, Director of Cancer Services; and Robyn DeGennaro, MSN, RN, Senior Clinical Quality Engineer in Nursing Quality and Research.

Madigan, McCann, and DeGennaro worked alongside UNC Hospitals’ Magnet Operations Committee and a team of Magnet champions to reapply for Magnet recognition and confirm that UNC Hospitals’ performance and quality were sustained and improved since receiving our initial Magnet recognition.

You can view just a few of the ‘Magnet Stories’ published in UNC Hospitals’ 2014 Nursing Annual Report at the following links:

Thanks to everyone on the nursing team at UNC Hospitals for the incredible care they provide our patients each day.


About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice.

The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.

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