In 1998, The Miriam Hospital (TMH) was recognized nationally by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet hospital. TMH was the ninth Magnet hospital in the country and the first in Rhode Island to achieve this status. Since that time, TMH has maintained this designation. Currently, only 6% of health care organizations have achieved this designation.
Magnet designation is a credential earned by health care organizations that have passed rigorous standards related to the quality of care and have demonstrated sustained excellence in nursing care. Some of the characteristics that set TMH apart from other organizations are: shared governance and decision making, collaborative and interdisciplinary relationships, a professional practice model, staff nurse participation in quality improvements and initiatives, evidence-based practice and research and a strong and distinguished reputation in the community. Magnet designation is valid for only four years. A Magnet organization must reapply for the designation ensuring continued compliance with the standards.
The ability to maintain Magnet status lies with the commitment and dedication of the nurses at TMH to continue to comply and strive to meet high standards. Sustaining this designation is not easy. It requires hard work and vigilance to assure we are creative and looking to practice based on evidence and research at the same time deliver care with compassion and understanding. Our challenge is not over. Health care continues to be a significant focus for federal and state governments. Quality and safety have become the first and foremost issues and financial strain continues to loom over the industry like a black cloud. The silver lining however, lies with the people who care about other people; like the employees of The Miriam Hospital.