For the third consecutive four-year term, the nursing staff at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center has achieved Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. It is one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital or medical center can receive.
INTEGRIS Baptist initially achieved Magnet designation for nursing excellence in 2007, and has held the honor ever since. The nursing staff was made aware they were granted re-designation for another four-year term, this afternoon.
“The prestigious distinction places INTEGRIS Baptist nursing professionals among the top tier of any across the country,” said Tim Johnsen the president of INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. “I am very proud of the excellence our entire team of nursing professionals demonstrates day-in-and-day-out. Everyone who works alongside and in support of them – is very much an important part of this distinction too. Thank you for your commitment to excellence and to our patients and their families.”
Magnet recognition honors health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practices and adherence to national standards for the organization and the delivery of nursing services.
Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services. Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status: and to the communities they serve:
* Health care consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet recognition program.
* Magnet designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction.
* Because quality nursing is one of the most important factors in enlisting high caliber physicians and specialists, Magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.
“The nurses who practice at INTEGRIS Baptist strive to provide our patients, families and communities the best nursing care possible through research, evidence-based practice and collaboration with our medical staff,” said Michele Deidrich, the chief nursing officer at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. “We recruit and retain the best of the best when it comes to our nurses, and I feel blessed to be part of their team!”
The American Nurses Credentialing Center is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States.