Rush Medical Center Received Its Fifth ANCC Magnet Designation in October 2020

Author: Melissa Browning, DNP, APRN, CCNS, NE-BC

In January 2020, Rush University Medical Center submitted a supporting document and data as a step toward achieving its fifth consecutive Magnet designation. Our document included over 75 stories providing qualitative and quantitative evidence for the quality of our patient care and outcomes. Given the strength of this evidence, Rush went straight to a site visit. Because we were still at the height of the pandemic, Rush was asked to have a virtual site visit Aug. 25 to 27, 2021, with four American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet appraisers. There was extensive preparation and collaboration among many teams, including IT, inpatient and outpatient nursing areas, Magnet champions, the PNS Magnet committee, PNS officers, the executive team and Rush leadership for this visit. Multiple practice sessions were completed with nursing and IT staff members using iPads to increase their comfort level with the technology. Additionally, various groups met with the ANCC Magnet appraisers to express their gratitude for the support of Rush’s nurses. These groups included physicians, patients, the executive leadership, multidisciplinary teams and nursing personnel. This effort would not have been so successful without their support!

In October 2020, the Medical Center earned its fifth consecutive Magnet designation. Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving adults and children to receive this designation and is one of only 16 hospitals to earn this status a fifth time. The highest recognition given for nursing excellence, the Magnet Recognition Program acknowledges health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. The status is a designation of the ANCC of the American Nurses Association. Considered the “gold standard” in nursing, it means that Rush nurses are experts who continually work to improve patient care through specialized training and quality improvements. The designation also 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 our community. In addition, Rush nurses have a healthy work environment and a high level of engagement as demonstrated through periodic satisfaction surveys.

Contributing to Rush’s Magnet designation, Rush nurses rigorously pursue professional advancement. More than 55% of Rush nurses have a professional nursing certification. With tuition reimbursement and the availability of Rush University, 95% of the Medical Center’s nurses have a Bachelor of Science in nursing or higher degree. This achievement truly makes us #RushNurseProud! #HighFive!

Rush Medical Center Received Its Fifth ANCC Magnet Designation in October 2020