MAGNET MONDAY: The Magic of Magnet

MAGNET MONDAY: The Magic of Magnet

Magnet status will take us "to infinity and beyond"!

Magnet status will take us "to infinity and beyond"!

Four AAMC nurses recently traveled to Orlando, Florida, known for being one of the happiest and most magical places on Earth, to attend the 2013 Magnet conference. What they discovered was also pretty magical —  AAMC nurses are already demonstrating the kind of nursing excellence realized by hospitals who have already achieved this important designation. Here’s what our attendee’s had to say about the conference:

“One of the highlights for me was a session delivered by Margaret McClure, RN, EdD, FAAN, a professor and retired chief nursing officer from New York University Medical Center. McClure was one of four founding nurses who examined the nationwide nurse shortage in 1970’s. They were intrigued by the successful retention strategies exhibited by some hospitals who seemed to have minimal turnover. With a little funding and determination, their research resulted in a book published in 1983 by the ANA entitled, Magnet Hospitals: Attraction and Retention of Professional Nurses. McClure and her task force chose the term “magnet” because of its use by Magnet schools to represent excellence. Hearing McClure speak was so motivating. We have to applaud McClure and her task force for their early research, which has led to great strides for nursing as a profession.” –Jen Smell, MSN, RN, CCRN

“I was most interested in Barry Posner’s presentation regarding leadership because he described what we really need to know to be great leaders and what our peers really want to hear in order to be engaged and active in their profession. I felt the biggest message in his presentation was this quote: ‘Leaders are responsible for bringing out the best in others.’ This is so very true in any profession, but especially nursing. So often we focus on the negative aspects rather than recognizing the positive. Each individual is different and will need a different type of motivation, whether it’s chocolate or a certificate that says ‘job well done.’ Any amount of recognition, small or large, is appreciated. To be successful leaders and to demonstrate successful teamwork, we need to model the way for others, inspire others, challenge the process, enable others, and encourage ourselves to step outside of our own comfort zones for the better of others and the patient.” -Gena Ryan Kosmides, BSN, RN

“Attending the 2013 Magnet conference was amazing!  While attending the conference, where education and best-practice methods are shared by the ‘best of the best’ in healthcare, we realized that nurses at AAMC have accomplished many of the same achievements, including quality outcomes, high patient satisfaction, and deserve to be recognized.” –Holly Sowko, BSN, RN-BC

“For me, the magic of Magnet happened when I made connections with other nurses. It was exciting to see and hear nursing theorist, Jean Watson PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN. She spoke about the Economic Value of Human Caring. She inspired us to find our ‘best selves’ and that ‘caring is not time dependent.’ Being in one room with over 7,500 nurses was empowering! Although we have been on our Magnet Journey for many years, it was reaffirming to hear from other Magnet facilities, who are doing exactly what we do! All nurses are leaders, we just want everyone else to know it, too!” -Brandy Brown, BSN, RN-BC

We are close to completing our documents, but our Magnet journey continues beyond that deadline.  It will be very exciting to engage nurses for our future site survey, which is part of the application evaluation. Magnet is embedded in the AAMC culture, not just because we are working toward the designation, but because we are dedicated to growing our profession as nurses, and committed to providing the best care for patients and families throughout our community. -Holly Sowko, BSN, RN-BC, Jen Smell, MSN, RN, CCRNI, Gena Ryan Kosmides, BSN, RN, and Brandy Brown, BSN, RN-BC

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