Magnet Recognition

The Journey to Magnet

The Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Langone Medical Center started on the Journey to Magnet nearly ten years ago and after receiving documentation scores within the range of excellent ,for our Magnet documentation,  we have advanced to our Magnet Site Visit. The Hospital for Joint Diseases has a scheduled  Magnet site visit in mid 2012.

The Magnet Recognition Program is administered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA).

Magnet organizations serve as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally. They are solidly grounded in core Magnet principles, flexible, and constantly striving for discovery and innovation. Magnet organizations lead the reformation of health care, the discipline of nursing and care of the patient, family and community (The Commission on Magnet Recognition, 2008).

 The Magnet Model guided the transition of the Department of Nursing to focus on achieving superior performance as evidenced by outcomes. Evidence-based practice, innovation, evolving technology and patient partnership are evident in our patient center professional practice at the Hosptial for Joint Diseases.  The magnet program has (5) five main components, including Structural Empowerment, Transformational Leadership, Exemplary Professional Practice, New Knowledge and Innovations, and Empirical Outcomes. These components serve as the framework for excellence in nursing.

Our Timeline

The Hospital for Joint Diseases applied for Magnet Designation in December of 2010. Our Magnet documentation was submitted in October of 2011 for which we received documentation scores within the range of excellence for Magnet recognition. We are schedule for our site visit in mid-2012.


The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing. Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

 US News & World Report utilizes Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties. 8 of the top 10 medical centers on the US News Best Hospitals in America Honor Roll are Magnet Organizations.

Achieving Magnet status serves patients, nurses and health care organizations in the following ways:

  • Attract and Retain Top talent
  • Improve Care, Safety, and Satisfaction
  • Foster a Collaborative Culture
  • Advance Nursing Standards and practice

The Magnet Recognition Program® advances three goals within health care organizations:

  • Promote quality in a setting that supports professional practice
  • Identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients/residents
  • Disseminate best practices in nursing services.

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