Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick Earns Fifth Prestigious Magnet® Designation For Nursing Excellence

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Following a rigorous re-designation process, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) New Brunswick has earned Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the fifth consecutive time. RWJ is one of only seven organizations internationally to achieve this distinction.

With this achievement, RWJ New Brunswick retains its place among an elite group of health care providers that belong to the Magnet community.  Approximately seven percent of hospitals in the nation have achieved Magnet recognition.

“We are very proud to achieve Magnet status for the fifth time,” said Michael Antoniades, President and Chief Executive Officer for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “It validates the exceptional bedside care that our nurses provide every day to our patients, and it reflects the commitment of our nursing team and our entire organization to pursuing extensive research, performing community outreach and sharing best practices with our colleagues in the healthcare field.”

Lori Colineri DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, Southern Region, added, “Earning this prestigious designation affirms RWJ’s status as an international leader in nursing practice. It’s a tremendous honor to have our nurses’ talent, dedication and expertise recognized.”

To achieve Magnet status, RWJ New Brunswick underwent an exhaustive review by a team of ANCC appraisers in April. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating both qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. After the organization meets specific requirements, appraisers make an on-site visit to thoroughly assess and validate the organization’s application. Following the site visit, the Commission on Magnet Recognition reviews the completed appraisal report and determines if Magnet recognition will be granted.

According to ANCC, health care organizations achieving Magnet status demonstrate evidence of “higher percentages of satisfied RNs, lower RN turnover and vacancy, improved clinical outcomes and improved patient satisfaction”. By receiving this fifth Magnet designation, RWJ re-affirms its position as an international leader in nursing practice.