Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center Achieves Magnet® Recognition

Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing excellence.

ORLANDO — Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) achieved Magnet recognition in February as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. Orlando Health ORMC joins its sister hospitals, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, in achieving Magnet recognition. Orlando Health ORMC, a designated advanced comprehensive stroke center and Orlando’s only Level One Trauma Center, is the only adult acute care hospital in Orlando to achieve the Magnet recognition.

With this credential, Orlando Health ORMC joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just a small, and select group of U.S. health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition.

“We are proud of the Magnet® recognition and its reflection of the commitment of our team,” said Tina Santos, MSN, MBA, RN chief nursing officer, Orlando Health ORMC. “We were recognized for many examples of nursing excellence, collaboration across clinical specialties and hospital departments, and quality patient outcomes.”

The Magnet appraisers identified several themes during the site visit including:

  • A strong bond among staff and excellent teamwork and collaboration
  • Hardwired interprofessional practices to improve quality outcomes
  • Meaningful recognition at the unit and hospital level
  • Organizational commitment to team members resilience and wellness

Research shows that Magnet® hospitals and healthcare organizations have better outcomes, including lower error rates, fewer healthcare-acquired infections and patient falls, lower patient mortality rates, and higher nurse satisfaction and retention.

“Earning Magnet status is not an overnight success, but a demonstration of a longstanding and ongoing dedication to ensure the highest quality of patient care,” said Kelly Nierstedt, MSN, RN, NEA-BC president, Orlando Health ORMC. “The prestigious designation mirrors the unmatched expertise and dedication of our organization.”

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.