The Influence of Professional Practice and Magnet Designation in Healthcare Institutions

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The Influence of Professional Practice and Magnet Designation in Healthcare Institutions Tonya Hawkins
Walden University
NURS 6006-1, Issues and Trends in Nursing
January 28, 2012

The Influence of Professional Practice and Magnet Designation in Healthcare Institutions The healthcare industry strives to seek excellence in patient care. Professional Practice and Magnet are methods to drive advancements in the everyday clinical setting. The purpose of this paper is to explore the changes in healthcare affected by Professional Practice Models and Magnet status. Overview of the Model or Quality Award

The Magnet Recognition Program was an award designed to recognize excellence in patient outcomes and satisfaction of nurses. Magnet recognizes the importance of providing a positive work environment for nurses. Nurses have shared- governance, involvement in decision making, and autonomy working in Magnet hospitals (Drenkard, 2010). Magnet facilities meet the needs of nurses, therefore, improves retention. The Magnet program has five areas of focus. The first focus, transforming leadership identified a need for more involvement with nursing in leadership roles. The second focus was structural empowerment. Exemplary professional practice recognized the need for advancements in education. Tuition reimbursement is a motivator for nurses to pursue advance degrees. Magnet organizations promote education to increase the amount of BSN graduates, certified nurses, and offer extensive programs for new graduate hires (Drenkard, 2012). Magnet facilities focus on the newest research and information with the goal of providing the best possible care. The fifth area of focus is empirical outcomes. Documentation suggested if patients are safer and nurses are content, then the environment is more conducive for both groups (Clarke & Aiken, 2006). The Magnet program encourages growth and development in healthcare. Influence of this Model or Program on Change in Health Care...
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