Jersey City Medical Center receives highest honor for professional nursing practice


The Jersey City Medical Center recently received the highest honor for professional nursing practice which their CEO says “reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to Hudson County.”

Photo courtesy of the Jersey City Medical Center.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

This is the fourth consecutive time they have received the recognition.

“Magnet recognition is a significant honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to Hudson County, and that we truly value nursing excellence and outstanding care and treatment of our patients,” JCMC President and CEO Michael Prilutsky said in a statement.

“To earn Magnet recognition the first time was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated – this is the fourth time – achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

•Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.

•Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.

•Higher job satisfaction among nurses.

•Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

Additionally, the Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff.

This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Furthermore, healthcare organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.

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