UI Hospitals & Clinics earns fourth Magnet designation for nursing excellence

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics has again been re-designated with Magnet® Program Recognition.

UI Hospitals & Clinics is among a select group of health care organizations in the world to receive this honor. UI Hospitals & Clinics was the first in Iowa to be named a Magnet hospital (2004) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the first in the state to be re-designated twice (2008 and 2013). Less than 10 percent of hospitals in the U.S. have earned Magnet status, and far fewer have received it this many consecutive times.

“The Magnet designation is the pinnacle of achievement in nursing,” says Cindy Dawson, MSN, RN, CORLN, chief nurse executive and associate director, UI Hospitals & Clinics. “To earn this recognition four times is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to the high quality care that our nurses provide to our patients.”

Magnet designation is awarded to a hospital only after a rigorous review application and onsite evaluation process of all aspects of its nursing services. At a Magnet hospital, nurses are committed to maintaining the highest standards of care in an environment that values quality, safety, satisfaction, and education.

“Iowans can be proud that our nurses are being recognized for being among the leaders of our profession and providing patient care that ranks among the best available anywhere around the globe,” says Dawson.

Check out the video of the the Magnet announcement event:

Watch the video on YouTube.


(From left to right) Sara Caven, MSN, RN, CENP, manager of nursing recruitment and Magnet Program director; Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, UI vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine; Cindy Dawson, MSN, RN, CORLN, chief nurse executive; Emily Ward, BSN, RN, MBA, CCRN, associate chief nurse executive; and Ken Kates, MBA, UI Hospitals & Clinics associate VP and CEO on the phone with representatives from the Magnet Program to find out if the “fourth” was with us.


The crowd’s reaction at hearing the good news!


Staff celebrate our fourth Magnet Award.

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