Nursing Reference Center™ and CINAHL® Plus with Full Text from EBSCO Publishing—Helping Hospitals Achieve Magnet Designation

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Resources from EBSCO Publishing Now Recognized as a Gateway to Magnet Designation—The Gold Standard for Nursing

Nursing Reference Center-The First True Point-of-Care Resource for Nurses
The decision to endorse Nursing Reference Center as the information resource of choice for nursing and allied health professionals clearly reflects not only a commitment to clinical excellence but also advocacy for patients and staff.

Evidence-based nursing content from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is now being recognized as a way to help hospitals achieve Magnet designation. Magnet designation is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing practice. Nursing Reference Center™ (NRC) and CINHAL® Plus with Full Text support all five of the Model Magnet Components created by the Commission on Magnet—Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge, Innovations, & Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes.

A Case Study of Torrance Memorial Medical Center outlines the challenges to achieving Magnet designation and how NRC aligns with Magnet requirements. Torrance Memorial and other hospitals that subscribe to NRC are able to create a learning environment allowing nurses to use the best available evidence to improve patient outcomes and enable the nurses on staff to create and maintain a strong professional practice.

The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, to recognize healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program allows hospitals to promote successful nursing practices and strategies. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in nursing practice.

The Commission on Magnet created five model components in order to communicate the importance of Magnet organizations in shaping the nursing profession, as well as their role in providing quality outcomes in patient care. Nursing Reference Center™ supports all five of the Magnet components:

  • Transformational Leadership—hospital leadership must be committed to nursing excellence while fostering new ideas and innovations
  • Structural Empowerment—the nursing staff is developed, directed, and empowered to accomplish goals and achieve outcomes
  • Exemplary Professional Practice—indicates the establishment of strong professional nursing practices that utilize the latest available evidence-based information
  • New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvements—requires sites to institute new models of care, apply existing evidence and new evidence plus contribute to the science of nursing
  • Empirical Quality Results—compares outcomes to qualitative benchmarks covering nursing workforce outcomes, patient and consumer outcomes, and organizational outcomes

Nursing Reference Center is a comprehensive reference tool designed to provide relevant clinical resources to nurses and other healthcare professionals, directly at the point of care. NRC provides the latest national guidelines and evidence-based information for benchmarking. These drivers of excellence become the basis for the organization’s policies and practices, ensuring continual improvement in clinical outcomes.

Hospitals using NRC are also able to link directly to their CINHAL Plus with Full Text subscriptions via the same interface. The two resources combine to provide best practices in patient care and safety as well as access to the primary literature. CINHAL Plus with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 750 journals and indexing for nearly 4,600 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health—more than 2.2 million records dating back to 1937.

Quick Lessons and Evidence-based Care Sheets available in Nursing Reference Center transfer education into knowledge. Research articles, journals, research instruments and legal cases point to useful, credible information. Nursing practice and skill documents and skill competency checklists helps nurses achieve proficiency in new or updated procedures. To further support nursing standards of practice, NRC offers more than 690 Continuing Education modules through the CINAHL Education web site, at no additional cost. Cinahl Information Systems is accredited as a continuing education provider through the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and the ANCC. Additionally, many journals within NRC include opportunities for continuing education credits by other accreditation providers.

EBSCO Publishing Medical Client Services Manager, Kathy Jensen, RN, MHA believes that senior leadership plays a vital role in the organizational transformation required of a Magnet designated facility. “The ability of hospital leadership to commit to nursing excellence is the first step towards a successful Magnet journey. The decision to endorse Nursing Reference Center as the information resource of choice for nursing and allied health professionals clearly reflects not only a commitment to clinical excellence but also advocacy for patients and staff.”

EBSCO's Point-of-Care Resources provide doctors, clinicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals with the best available evidence-based clinical reference tools for their information needs. More information can be found at

About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of nearly 300 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all medical professionals (doctors, nurses, medical librarians, social workers, hospital administrators, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as CINAHL®, DynaMed™, Nursing Reference Center™, Patient Education Reference Center™, Rehabilitation Reference Center™, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source™ and SocINDEX™ as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as MEDLINE®, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at:

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