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Magnet Hospital: Strategies for Hiring a Magnet Program Director

When embarking on the journey towards excellence in healthcare, hiring the right Magnet Program Director (MPD) becomes a pivotal step for organizations aspiring for Magnet® Designation or a Magnet Hospital looking for a redesignation. Magnet Hospitals that receive Magnet status have to fulfilled the overall patient care, patient outcomes, facility, professional, and nursing excellence required by the ANCC.

Achieving and completing the Magnet recognition program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, symbolizes excellence in nursing and patient care, and hiring or developing a proficient MPD is crucial in achieving this goal.

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Magnet Hospitals the Highest Quality of Care

The Magnet Model by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) serves as a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this model, ANCC aims to guide healthcare organizations in developing and maintaining excellent nursing practices and improving patient outcomes. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Magnet hospitals follow this model that consists of various components, each emphasizing a critical aspect of the nursing job and the organization’s patient outcomes:

Transformational Leadership

Transformational leadership is a component in a Magnet hospital that focuses on the leadership style that encourages, values, and empowers staff to innovate and achieve organizational excellence. Transformational leaders inspire and motivate their teams, creating an environment that supports change and innovation.

Structural Empowerment

Structural empowerment centers on the organizational structures that empower nurses to participate in decision-making and professional development. It emphasizes investing in staff development, community involvement, and recognizing the contributions of the nursing staff.

Exemplary Professional Practice

This element underscores the importance of collaborative relationships, interdisciplinary partnerships, and an environment that supports autonomy and accountability within a Magnet hospital. It encourages a culture of care focused on quality, safety, interprofessional collaboration, and patient-centeredness as well as job satisfaction.

New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements

To promote the generation and adoption of new knowledge, innovations, and improvements, Magnet hospitals empower nursing staff and healthcare professionals, to better patient outcomes and nursing practice. This encourages research, evidence-based practice, and the continual advancement of nursing science and practice so nursing leaders successfully align.

Empirical Outcomes

Empirical outcomes are the measurable results of the Magnet Model components in practice. Magnet hospitals are able to use these outcomes to demonstrate the impact of the nursing practice and the organizational environment on patient care, staff professional development, and organizational performance.

Through the application of the Magnet Model, healthcare organizations aim to achieve nursing excellence, enhance patient care quality, improve patient satisfaction, and nurture a positive and collaborative working environment for healthcare professionals.

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Key Qualities in a Magnet Program Director

1. Proven Leadership

An ideal MPD has successfully led an organization through Magnet® Designation or Redesignation, demonstrating skills in document submission, completing demographic information (DDCT), and preparing for and executing site visits.

2. Experience in Shared Governance

Enhancing shared governance within Magnet hospitals is a must-have skill, showcasing the MPD’s ability to involve the nursing staff in organizational decision-making.

3. Structure and Process Development

Developing and implementing the necessary structures and processes within the medical facility are essential for completing a “Journey to Excellence“, including developing and evaluating a Nursing Professional Practice Model and enhancing peer feedback processes.

4. Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research

An MPD must have experience within Magnet hospitals and should be well-versed in Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research as well.

5. Outcome Tracking and Evaluation

Tracking and evaluating outcomes like Nursing Sensitive Indicators, patient satisfaction, and RN satisfaction are key responsibilities to achieve Magnet status.

6. Communication Skills

Excellent writing and public speaking skills are crucial for effectively communicating the Magnet hospitals vision and progress of the Magnet recognition journey.

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Overcoming Hiring Challenges

Given the specialized skill set, finding an experienced MPD can be challenging. However, Creative Health Care Management suggests “growing your own” MPD. Nurses with organizational longevity and involvement in decision-making can, with proper mentorship and coaching, evolve into excellent MPDs. They bring a deep understanding of the organization and its history, and a passion for its mission and vision.

Mentorship and Coaching

Creative Health Care Management’s consultants offer years of experience in coaching and mentoring new MPDs. With over 50 years of experience, they are well-equipped to guide your MPD through the process. For organizations looking to develop an MPD internally, reach out to experts like Marky Medeiros, Amber Orton, Ruth Kitzmiller or Sara Sullens. They can provide the necessary mentorship and support needed for success.

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Educational Opportunities

To further aid the development of MPDs, a specialized class titled “Facilitating the Journey to Excellence: Magnet® Program Director Core Competencies” is held twice a year. CHCM developed this training class and it is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate and coordinate a successful designation.

Participants progress through a series of 10 self-study modules covering a range of topics through assigned readings, videos, and reflection questions. Each module culminates in a scheduled virtual live session, facilitating further discussion and exploration of the subject matter.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be a magnet hospital?

A Magnet designated hospital provides patients and family members with a benchmark for measuring the quality of care they receive. Achieving and maintaining Magnet status is a rigorous process that requires ongoing commitment to nursing excellence, continuous improvement, and adherence to the principles and standards set forth by the Magnet Recognition Program®. It reflects a hospital’s dedication to delivering the highest level of care to their patients and providing a supportive and developmental environment for their nursing staff.

Who gives a hospital Magnet status?

Magnet hospitals are designated through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

What is the difference between Magnet hospitals and a non Magnet hospitals?

A Magnet Hospital may have a significant impact on patients based on the nurse leaders and nursing talent within the organization. Magnet hospitals have shown lower mortality rates and improves quality of life thanks to the higher nurses’ commitment to the hospital and the organizations commitment to professional development and job satisfaction.

How many hospitals have magnet designations?

There are over 600 Magnet Hospitals in the nation and 34 of those are in California with 13 abroad.

What does Magnet status do for nurses?

In Magnet Hospitals, nurses are empowered to realize their potential. Magnet organizations earning Magnet designation appreciate the value and importance of nurse leaders in healthcare transformation.

How long does a Magnet hospital status last?

Magnet recognition will last 4 years and will be renewed if the organization has renewed its application and continues to demonstrate the quality standards. Patient satisfaction is increased by ensuring that Magnet hospitals invest in the nursing profession, nursing education and overall nursing department.

Creative Health Care Management Partners With Magnet Designated Hospitals

If you want to learn how achieve Magnet status for your current non Magnet hospital, or if you currently are a Magnet hospital seeking redesignation, hiring or developing a Magnet Program Director is a significant step towards achieving excellence.

Whether growing an MPD internally or seeking experienced candidates, organizations must prioritize the right qualities and competencies. With dedicated mentorship, educational opportunities, and a commitment to excellence, organizations can successfully navigate the Magnet® journey.

CHCM has been partnering and guiding Magnet Hospitals on their Journey to Excellence for many years with an impressive proven track record. To become a Magnet facility you must complete the ANCC Magnet recognition program requirements. CHCM can help you prepare for this journey, coach and mentor your MDP, and help your healthcare facility receive Magnet status. Reach out to us to discuss your next steps.


MAGNET®, Magnet Recognition Program®, ANCC Magnet Recognition®, Journey to Magnet Excellence®, Pathway to Excellence® Program, Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care®, Demographic Data Collection Tool®, DDCT®, Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) are registered trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The products and services of Creative Health Care Management are neither sponsored nor endorsed by ANCC. All rights reserved. The content presented in here is the expressed opinion of the author/presenter and not that of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


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