May the Fourth Be With You: Magnet site visit set for July 9 to 12

Cindy Dawson, MSN, RN, CORLN, chief nurse executive; Emily Ward, BSN, RN, MBA, CCRN, associate chief nurse executive; and Ken Kates, MBA, UI Hospitals and Clinics associate VP and CEO

From Monday, July 9, to Thursday, July 12, we welcome a four-person Magnet Recognition Program® appraisal team. Over these four days, the team will interview our nurses, tour our units and clinics, and verify, clarify, and amplify the information submitted in our re-designation documents.

Magnet is the international recognition program for excellence in nursing practice, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. To achieve Magnet designation, hospital nursing departments must undergo a rigorous review application and onsite evaluation process. Magnet hospitals are recognized for meeting and maintaining the highest standards of nursing care—an important distinction that supports our efforts in nurse recruitment and also serves to validate the outstanding work of our nursing staff.

UI Hospitals and Clinics was the first hospital in Iowa to earn Magnet status (2004) and the first in Iowa to be re-designated twice (2008 and 2013). To date, only 475 hospitals in the world have achieved Magnet designation, and only a handful have achieved Magnet designation four times.

The theme we have chosen for this fourth and latest Magnet effort is “May the Fourth Be With You.”

Our nursing practice leaders will serve as coordinators for site-visit planning and assist nursing staff in preparing for appraisers’ questions and requests for additional information. Public notice and staff notice about the site visit were issued on May 30.

Please feel free to share this information with your team members. Also, please contact us if you have questions or would like additional information. We look forward to meeting the appraisal team and demonstrating once again why UI Health Care is richly deserving of the elite status that comes with Magnet designation.

—Cindy Dawson, MSN, RN, CORLN, chief nurse executive and associate director, and Sara Caven, MSN, RN, CENP, manager of nursing recruitment and Magnet Program director