Winthrop nurses get Magnet distinction

Winthrop nurses get Magnet distinction

Mineola’s Winthrop-University Hospital is a magnet for great nurses, according to a national nurses’ group.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center has named the hospital’s team of 2,100 nurses to its Magnet Recognition Program, the “ultimate benchmark” of nursing care for health-care organizations, Winthrop President and CEO John F. Collins said in a statement Feb. 24.

“Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how Winthrop serves its community,” said Valerie Terzano, Winthrop’s senior vice president and chief nursing officer, in a statement. “It is also the tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

Winthrop is one of 426 health care organizations to get the Magnet honor out of almost 6,000 across the country, the hospital’s announcement said.

The recognition is proof Winthrop’s nurses “embody the core values of collaboration, compassion, education, integrity, innovation and cultural sensitivity,” Director of Professional Nursing Practice and Education Christine Marsiello said in the statement.

“Achieving this great honor is just the beginning,” said Marsiello, who led Winthrop through the Magnet process as Magnet Program director. “We remain dedicated to striving to always achieve the very best in patient care.”

The multi-year certification process involved vetting the hospital’s level of patient care through a written application and an on-site visit.

Health-care organizations must first submit an electronic application and documents with “qualitative and quantitative” proof of their standards for care, Winthrop’s announcement said.

If the application scores well enough, the organization will qualifies for a site visit.

An ANCC inspector visited every part of Winthrop where nurses practice and conducted interviews with several of the hospital’s leaders, Marsiello said in the statement.

“This was truly an organizational endeavor,” she said.

Magnet recognition benefits hospitals by raising patient satisfaction with nursing care and job satisfaction among nurses and lowering 30-day mortality risk and nurses reporting they want to leave their jobs, Winthrop said in its announcement.

“This designation also acknowledges that Winthrop nurses’ voices are heard, their input valued, and their practice is supported at all levels and areas of our organization,” Terzano said in the statement.

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