Rush University Medical Center nurses are on the front line of our efforts to provide quality care, receiving Magnet status three consecutive times for making outstanding nursing care the standard at the Medical Center.
Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving adults and children to receive Magnet status — the highest honor in nursing — and the first in Illinois to earn a third four-year designation. In 2015, we are pursuing our fourth Magnet designation.
The highest recognition given for nursing excellence, the Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. The status is designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association.
Magnet status is considered the “gold standard” and means Rush nurses are experts continually working to improve patient care through specialized training and quality improvements. It acknowledges that our nurses are among the best in providing high-quality patient care, improving patient outcomes and safety, pursuing ongoing training, working as a team and giving to the community. Rush nurses have a healthy work environment and high level of engagement as demonstrated through an annual nursing engagement survey.
Contributing to Rush’s Magnet status, nurses rigorously pursue professional advancement. Over 50 percent of the nurses at Rush have a professional nursing certification. With tuition reimbursement and the availability of Rush University, 90 percent of the nurses at Rush have a BSN or higher degree.