As a professional nurse, working for a Magnet-recognized organization provides you with opportunities for leadership and growth in patient care services.

Lehigh Valley Health Network locations in the Lehigh Valley (LVH–Cedar Crest, LVH–Muhlenberg, LVH–17th Street, LVHN–Tilghman, Home Care and Hospice Services) are recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as earning Magnet® designation. Magnet designation is the highest and most prestigious credential a health care organization can achieve for nursing excellence and quality patient care. We are honored to be the only Magnet designated organization in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding region.

If you are considering a career at LVHN, what does this mean to you as a professional nurse? Here are some examples of how Magnet Model components are brought to life at LVHN.

Transformational Leadership

Visible nurse leaders – Our chief nursing officer (CNO) and other nurse leaders are visible and interact regularly with our nurses. Among the venues:

  • RN Advisory Council - Each unit selects an RN representative who meets on a regular basis with the CNO and nurse leaders in an advisory capacity.
  • Night Shift Council – Nurses from a variety of units represent their night shift peers at regular meetings with the CNO and nurse leaders to make decisions which impact nursing practice on the night shift.

Mentoring for clinical nurses – Our Center for Professional Excellence staff members mentor staff to present papers and posters at local, regional and national conferences, as well as publish in professional, peer-reviewed journals.

Structural Empowerment

  • Shared governance – Our nurses make decisions at the unit and organization levels regarding their professional practice. 
  • Involvement in professional nursing organizations – Our nurses offer posters and speak at national and international conferences, sharing their nursing practice innovations.
  • Professional nursing certifications – We offer study opportunities to attain certification, pay for certification examinations and provide annual recognition events for and a monetary bonus to certified nurses.
  • Reward and recognition – Our Friends of Nursing Program provides philanthropic dollars to recognize nurses and clinical colleagues with a gala celebration and awards during national Nurses Week.

Exemplary Professional Practice

  • Professional practice model – The model details our conceptual framework
  • Nurse satisfaction – For our most recent employee satisfaction survey, department level nurse satisfaction data for the majority of units outperformed the mean of the national database.
  • 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