Barnes-Jewish Receives Highest Nursing Credential With Prestigious Magnet® Recognition for Third Time

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Barnes-Jewish Hospital is one of only eight hospitals in Missouri, and the only adult hospital in the St. Louis area, to hold Magnet® recognition.

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It’s a testament to the hard work our team members put forth on a daily basis and their commitment to providing the very best in patient care and experience.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital has once again received the highest honor of nursing excellence – one held by only eight hospitals in Missouri. The American Nurses Credentialing Center(ANCC) recently announced that Barnes-Jewish has achieved its third consecutive Magnet® recognition.

“We’re very proud to be honored with the ultimate credential for high quality nursing for a third time,” says Rhonda Yancey, BSN, RN, Magnet program coordinator for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “It’s a testament to the hard work our team members put forth on a daily basis and their commitment to providing the very best in patient care and experience.”

The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. According to the American Hospital Association, less than seven percent of registered hospitals in the United States receive Magnet designation.

The five key components of the Magnet Recognition Program® include: transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations, & improvements; and empirical outcomes. Organizations seeking Magnet recognition must meet certain standards, provide data and undergo a site visit every four years.

In October 2003, Barnes-Jewish was the first adult Magnet hospital designated in the state of Missouri. The hospital received redesignation in 2008 and is now a Magnet hospital for the next four years. It is the only adult hospital in the St. Louis area with Magnet designation.

“The profession of nursing is very visible at Barnes-Jewish and leadership values nurses’ role in multidisciplinary teams,” says Coreen Vlodarchyk, BSN, MSA, RN, BJH chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services.

Vlodarchyk says the ANCC surveyors called attention to three areas where Barnes-Jewish particularly excelled: the quality of nursing and nursing leadership; the variety of career ladders at Barnes-Jewish and the number of team members enrolled in classes; and the research in nursing care that is earning national recognition.

Even with four years until the next survey, Barnes-Jewish nurses are not ready to rest on their laurels.“To get ready for the journey to the next redesignation is foremost,” Vlodarchyk says, “but we may take a little time to celebrate this success.”

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Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a 1,315 bed teaching hospital affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. The hospital has a 1,763 member medical staff, with many recognized as "Best Doctors in America." Barnes-Jewish is a member of BJC HealthCare, which provides a full range of health care services through its 13 hospitals and more than 100 health care sites in Missouri and Illinois. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is also consistently ranked as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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 healthcare 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 http://www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.

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