To qualify for Magnet status, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate staff had to demonstrate that they are among the best in the nation for specific quality indicators. They had to achieve excellence in quality of patient care, such as low rates of hospital-acquired infections, patient falls and skin injuries, as well as high patient and nursing satisfaction.
“While excellence is nothing new for the nursing staff at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate, we now have the official designation to prove it,” said Darlene Stephenson, Chief Executive Officer, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate. “Like nurses at other Magnet hospitals across the country, our staff outperforms national benchmarks for patient safety and clinical outcomes.”
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate joins four other Bon Secours Health System hospitals as Magnet-designated facilities: Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours St. Francis and Bon Secours St. Mary’s, in Richmond, and Bon Secours St. Francis in Greenville, South Carolina. Only about nine percent of US hospitals achieve Magnet designation. There are currently 448 Magnet hospitals in the nation and 20 in Virginia.
To achieve Magnet designation, a hospital’s culture must encourage nurses to flourish as a professional, focus on professional autonomy and decision-making at the bedside and involve nursing staff in determining the nurse work environment. In addition, a Magnet hospital provides professional education and leadership opportunities while promoting teamwork, improved patient care and collaborative relationships throughout the hospital.
“Our focus is and always has been on more than achieving the award,” said Kelly N. Edmondson MSN, RN, NEA-BC, administrative director of nursing operations, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate. “We have instead focused on creating a culture that provided the best work environment for our nurses and ultimately achieves the best outcomes for our patients.”