Sustaining the pivotal organizational outcome: magnet recognition
Article first published online: 14 FEB 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Innovation in Nursing Practice: a Means to Tackling the Global Challenges Facing Nurses, Midwives and Nurse Leaders and Managers in the Future Issue editors: Rob McSherry and Mary Douglas
Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 277–286, March 2011
How to Cite
PARSONS, M. L. and CORNETT, P. A. (2011), Sustaining the pivotal organizational outcome: magnet recognition. Journal of Nursing Management, 19: 277–286. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01224.x
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 14 FEB 2011
- Accepted for publication: 14 December 2010
- magnet hospital;
- management practices;
- quality outcomes;
parsons m.l. & cornett p.a. (2011) Journal of Nursing Management19, 277–286 Sustaining the pivotal organizational outcome: magnet recognition
Aim To identify the facilitators and barriers for health-care organizations to sustain Magnet Recognition, the exemplar of a professional practice environment and quality care.
Background Recognition as a Magnet Hospital is the gold standard for acknowledging excellence in nursing. However, limited evidence exists to inform nursing management practices for sustainability.
Method This qualitative study was conducted using a national convenience sample of 15 Chief Nursing Officers of Magnet Recognized hospitals in the USA.
Results Key macrosystem facilitators included executive management and leadership themes about quality, people, education, and the nurse executive’s commitment and intent. Barriers were executive management turnover and financial challenges. Infrastructure supports and resources for empowerment and quality and unit leadership practices were found to be essential for quality outcomes. The key theme at the microsystem level was moving nursing practice to managing outcomes from tasks; barriers were challenges with unit management turnover and development.
Conclusions Multiple factors at system levels were found to contribute to sustainability. Further research is needed on the concept of sustainability.
Implications for nursing management The findings contribute to executives’ armamentarium to inform management practice for the design of evidenced based organizational systems and programs for nursing excellence.