Los Angeles,
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July
2018
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Cedars-Sinai Achieves Fifth Straight Magnet® Recognition for Nursing

Cedars-Sinai has achieved Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing for the fifth consecutive time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, one of only nine hospitals in the world to receive the prestigious designation five times in a row.

The Magnet Recognition Program honors medical centers that meet the most rigorous standards of nursing in patient care, research, leadership and community service. Only 6 percent of 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.

Cedars-Sinai is one of only two medical centers in the western United States to receive the Magnet honor five consecutive times.

Research by the credentialing center indicates that Magnet hospitals have a lower risk of 30-day mortality, higher patient satisfaction and greater job satisfaction among nurses.

"Achieving Magnet designation affirms the culture of excellence that is the cornerstone of how Cedars-Sinai nurses serve our patients and our community, providing the highest quality of care with compassion," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai.

Consideration for Magnet recognition involves a rigorous and lengthy evaluation process. It requires participation of nurse leaders and staff, the review of detailed patient care documents and a comprehensive onsite visit.

In addition to conferring Magnet honors, the evaluators highlighted specific programs and practices for surpassing those at most other institutions. Of special note were high rates of baccalaureate degrees and certifications: 86 percent of nurses have their BSNs and 81 percent have certifications in clinical specialties—both far above national averages.

"The high levels of education and training among our nursing staff result in a higher standard of care for our patients," said Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, chief nursing officer, health system chief nursing executive and senior vice president of Nursing.

 

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN
The high levels of education and training among our nursing staff result in a higher standard of care for our patients. 
Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN

"As a result of the hard work of every member of our nursing staff, we are also helping advance the profession," said Bolton,who is also director of Nursing Research.

Evaluators highlighted other hallmarks of Cedars-Sinai nursing,including the following:

 MyChart Bedside App, enabling patients to access their lab results and easily communicate with nurses and doctors

 iPad software developed for patients with speech and language challenges

 Postoperative prescription program to improve speed and efficacy of discharge

 Nurse training in wound prevention and wound treatment

 Care of transgender patients

 High patient and family participation on "family councils" in Pediatrics and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 

 Staff development for nurse leadership and support,including tuition assistance, for continued nurse education and training