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Health Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook,
RN, MBA, EdD, announced recently that ten Registered Nurses recently returned from
a 2-day ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®
Conference in Chicago.
Jeff Lowe, Amy Kahkonen, Judy Allen, Kim DeSanctis,
Henry Raymond, Karen Thurston, Darlene Glover, Kevin
Hodson, Lisa Heald, and Jo Elliott
the trip to Chicago to participate in
the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
workshop. The program is aimed at educating staff on
the Magnet Recognition Program, its benefits to patient outcomes, and how to
establish a work plan for applying
for Magnet Accreditation.
Magnet Recognition Program was developed to recognize
health care organizations
excellence, quality in patient care, and innovations
in professional nursing practice. The program is based on
quality indicators from the American Nurses Association's Scope and
Standards for Nurse Administrators (2004). Although the indicators are nurse-driven, attaining recognition
speaks to high quality patient care
throughout the hospital.
Memorial Hospital, along with hospitals throughout the
nation, is exploring the resources and documentation
needed to attain Magnet status, a process that occurs
over several years. All aspects
patient care and outcomes, community involvement, utilization
of research in patient care practice, nursing education, recruitment
and retention, staff and patient satisfaction, and other elements
are documented and presented to ANCC for review. Following document approval, ANCC
appraisers come to the hospital for
an onsite inspection.
Darlene Glover, RN, MSN, CEN, a long term
employee of SMH who and currently the Nurse Manager of the ICU
and Emergency Room has been named
Magnet Project Coordinator.
Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine
Health, which is part of the Maine Health® family.
Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at www.wmhcc.org
Photo Caption: Left to
Right, Top to Bottom: Henry Raymond, Kim DeSanctis,
Darlene Glover, Karen Thurston, Jo Elliott, Kevin
Hodson, Judy Allen, Lisa Heald, Jeff Rowe and Amy
Kahkonen at the American Nurses Credentialing Center
(ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® workshop.