Magnet Designation

The Magnet Recognition Program®

Indiana University Health North Hospital holds Magnet designation, which means its nurses rank in the top tier of nurses nationwide. Magnet® is a national designation recognizing excellence in nursing services and high-quality clinical outcomes for patients. The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care. It is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice. Fewer than 300 hospitals in the nation, and only 14 in the state of Indiana, have Magnet status.

Indiana University Health North Hospital earned initial Magnet designation in June, 2015.

To achieve Magnet status, organizations must apply to the ANCC and undergo a vigorous, multifaceted evaluation. The evaluation process is thorough and lengthy, demanding evidence and testimony of optimal patient care outcomes. It includes a review of nursing practice, as well as interviews with nurses, physicians and other members of the healthcare team. Magnet designated hospitals consistently outperform non-magnet hospitals. Magnet hospitals deliver better clinical outcomes, quicker recovery and excellent care that centers around patient needs.

The foundation of this model consists of several elements deemed essential for delivering superior patient care: Exemplary Professional Practice, New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements, Structural Empowerment and Transformational Leadership. These include the quality of nursing leadership, the coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care. Magnet® designation reflects the highest standards for nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Magnet Recognition Benefits

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information
  • Reduced patient care-related risks
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position

The Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. When U.S. News & World Report publishes its annual showcase of "America's Best Hospitals," being an ANCC Magnet® organization contributes to the total score for quality of inpatient care.

Visit the Magnet Recognition Program® for more information and current statistics.