Magnet Designation

Cedars-Sinai has received five consecutive Magnet® recognitions for nursing excellence from the ANCC, making it Southern California's longest-running Magnet-designation hospital.


See how our nurses shine bright in our 2020-2021 Nursing Annual Report.


The Gold Standard of Nursing Excellence

The Magnet award recognizes excellence in nursing for the quality of care provided, for continuous improvement in patient care and for the health of the community. The award provides patients with a benchmark for the quality of care they can expect. Studies show that Magnet hospitals tend to have lower mortality and infection rates, as well as higher patient satisfaction and nurse staffing levels.

Maget Recognized by American Nurses Credentialing Center

Practicing at the Highest Level

Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefit of increased academic preparation and specialty nursing certification on patient outcomes.

5 Magnet Awards

11th Hospital internationally to earn 5 designations

Most Magnet Awards

Among California hospitals

Nurse Engagement 85%

Nursing units/departments outperforming the benchmark


In 2021, 93% of all clinical nurses held a BSN or higher—74% with a BSN, and 19% with a graduate degree or higher in nursing.

Academic Preparation

In alignment with the Institute of Medicine’s goal, Cedars-Sinai has reached and exceeded its BSN goals by expanding tuition assistance to nurses, emphasizing the importance of higher education and offering tiered pay increases for achieving BSN and MSN degrees. Nurses holding an associate degree are encouraged to return to school within three years of hire.

In 2021, 93% of all clinical nurses held a BSN or higher—74% with a BSN, and 19% with a graduate degree or higher in nursing.

In 2021, 82% of eligible Cedars-Sinai nurses had obtained their nursing specialty certification, far exceeding the national average of 38%.

Nursing Specialty Certification

Nursing certification demonstrates a commitment to advancing knowledge, skill and professionalism. Evidence shows that patients have better outcomes, so we offer both financial and educational support to our nurses. At Cedars-Sinai, nurses choose to elevate their practice and obtain specialty certification as soon as they qualify.

In 2021, 82% of eligible Cedars-Sinai nurses had obtained their nursing specialty certification, far exceeding the national average of 38%.


Exemplars for Magnet-Level Work

In July 2018, Cedars-Sinai received its fifth Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The hospital was recognized in these specific areas:

  • Specialty Nursing Certification
  • Satisfaction & Engagement
  • Participation in Family Councils
  • Technology Involvement
  • Communication Among Staff
  • Innovative Practice
  • Nursing Clinical Outcomes

The Magnet review process analyzes:

  • Quality of nursing leadership
  • Consultation and resources
  • Organizational structure
  • Nursing autonomy
  • Leadership style
  • Community health promotion
  • Nursing policies and programs
  • Support from executive management
  • Nurses as educators
  • Models of care
  • Image of nursing
  • Quality of care
  • Interprofessional relationships
  • Quality improvement
  • Professional development

Our Financial Commitment to Nursing Excellence

Group of Cedars-Sinai nurses holding a Cedars-Sinai Nursing banner.

Cedars-Sinai is committed to continued nurse training and education and has been providing free educational programs and financial assistance through the Geri and Richard Brawerman Nursing Institute since 2002. The medical center affiliates with different nursing schools and offers specialty certification review courses with tuition reimbursement/loans for qualified individuals. As a result of the institute programs, the number of nurses holding baccalaureate and master's degrees has increased, as has the number of nurses with specialty certifications.

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