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Nurses are on the forefront

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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Mark Your Calendar
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference will be held on October 11-12, 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The call for abstracts deadline is January 27, 2012. The conference brings together over 6,000 nurses and nurse executives to celebrate Magnet recognition and share evidence-based practices. Click here for details.

Kudos to Local Hospitals
Both hospitals earned their Magnet distinction for quality patient care and innovative nursing practice.

• St. Joseph Hospital of Orange has earned redesignation as a Magnet hospital. Only 26 hospitals in the state have this honor, and fewer than six percent (391) nationwide.

• Torrance Memorial learned of its first-time recognition on December 14, 2011. Watch their wonderful celebration video by clicking here. Line dancing and all. Really. 

Nurse of the Year
The ANCC has begun honoring nurse clinicians working in Magnet Hospitals. There are honorees in the five component areas which will represent significant contributions in clinical practice, service, education, and research. The five areas are: exemplary professional practice, structural empowerment, transformational leadership, new knowledge or innovation, and empirical outcomes.

Nominees for the National Magnet Nurse of the year will be judged by a panel on leadership, innovation and professional risk taking. The first awards were presented at the recent national conference in Baltimore.

Magnets Attract (Happier nurses, that is)

And last but not least, internationally recognized nurse researcher Linda Aiken, RN, Ph.D., has released research that show that nurses working in Magnet hospitals have higher nurse satisfaction rates, a higher nurse-to-patient ratio, a more educated workforce, and better work environments.

The article from JONA: The Journal of Nursing Adminstration, can be found by clicking this link.

Read a Working Nurse profile on Linda Aiken by clicking here.

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