Working as a professional nurse at a Magnet-recognized organization provides you with opportunities for leadership and growth in patient care services.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious designation a hospital can earn. Magnet recognition demonstrates that Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) supports professional nurses to be their best. Our nurses are leaders who are empowered to grow in their profession and help shape the future of patient care while providing compassionate, evidenced-based care.

LVHN locations in the Lehigh Valley (Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar CrestLVH–MuhlenbergLVH–17th StreetLVHN–Tilghmanhome care and hospice services) are pursuing Magnet designation for the fifth time. As LVHN prepares for the Magnet appraiser team virtual site visit in July 2020, ANCC has asked that we provide the attached information to our community. Please review the ways you may submit comments as part of the Magnet redesignation evaluation process.

 

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The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet recognition program is the most prestigious designation a hospital can earn. Magnet recognition demonstrates that LVHN supports professional nurses to be their best. Our nurses are leaders who are empowered to grow in their profession and help shape the future of patient care while providing compassionate, evidenced-based care.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) locations in the Lehigh Valley (Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar CrestLVH–MuhlenbergLVH–17th StreetLVHN–Tilghmanhome care and hospice services) are recognized by ANCC as earning Magnet designation. A health care organization can achieve Magnet recognition for demonstrating nursing excellence and quality patient care. Only 8 percent of hospitals in the nation have earned Magnet recognition. In the Lehigh Valley, we are the only health care organization to hold this honor.

Demonstrating our commitment to nursing excellence and quality patient care, Lehigh Valley locations will continue the Magnet journey in 2020 by pursuing our fifth Magnet redesignation, a feat accomplished by fewer than 20 national and international health care facilities.

What does it mean to be a Magnet nurse at LVHN?

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program model includes:

Transformational Leadership

Wherever nursing is practiced, there are structures, processes and expectations for staff nurse input and decisional involvement.

  • Visible nurse leaders – Our chief nursing officer (CNO) and other nurse leaders are visible and interact regularly with our nurses.
    • RN Advisory Council – Each unit selects an RN representative who meets quarterly with nurse leaders in an advisory capacity.
    • CNO Town Halls – Our CNO hosts town halls as an opportunity to touch base with nurses across the health network.
  • Mentoring for clinical nurses – Our Center for Professional Excellence encourages staff to present papers and posters at local, regional and national conferences and to publish in professional, peer-reviewed journals.

Structural Empowerment

Nurses are involved in self-governance and decision-making structures and processes establishing standards of practice and addressing issues of concern.

Exemplary Professional Practice

The care delivery system is integrated within the professional practice model and promotes continuous, consistent, efficient and accountable delivery of nursing care.

  • Professional practice model – The model details our conceptual framework.
  • Nurse satisfaction – Results from our most recent employee satisfaction survey show that our scores outperformed the mean of the national database for the majority of our nursing units.
  • Nurse-sensitive clinical indicators – Data for defined indicators, such as falls with injury and hospital-acquired pressure ulcers stage II, for the majority of units outperform the mean of the national database.

New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

Nurses are educated about evidence-based practice and research, enabling them to appropriately explore the safest and best practices for patients and clinical environment.

  • Nursing research – We have a variety of ongoing nursing research studies.
  • Evidence-based practice – Our Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)/ Nursing Research Council (NRC) works to put research into practice across the health network.
  • Technology – We use high-tech applications and equipment to improve nursing practice and the patient experience. Our telehealth programs are coordinated by registered nurses. Among the technologies we use:
  • Our innovative use of telehealth technologies earned us the prestigious Magnet Prize®.