Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Achieves Sixth Consecutive Prestigious Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence

RWJUH Staff Celebrates Earning Sixth Consecutive Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence 2021

(New Brunswick, NJ)- Following a rigorous re-designation process, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) achieved Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the sixth consecutive time.

RWJUH is one of only seven organizations internationally to receive this distinction.

Magnet Recongition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center

As such, RWJUH retains its place among an elite group of health care providers that belong to the Magnet community. Approximately nine percent of hospitals in the nation have achieved Magnet recognition.

“Achieving Magnet recognition six consecutive times is remarkable and truly reflects our amazing nursing team’s culture and dedication,” said Bill Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJUH. “It recognizes the nationally-leading bedside care that our nurses provide every day to our patients, as well as their commitment to pursuing extensive research, performing community outreach and sharing best practices with our colleagues in the healthcare field.”

Julie C. Arsenault DNP, RN, NE-BC, Interim Chief Nursing Officer at RWJUH added, “This prestigious designation affirms RWJUH’s status as an international leader in nursing practice. It is a tremendous honor to have our nurses’ talent, dedication and expertise recognized. Their commitment to providing our community with high-quality care helped us achieve Magnet Recognition for the past 24 years. It is this commitment to nursing excellence that will assure Magnet recognition in the future.”

In August 2020, RWJUH submitted more than 2,700 pages of written documentation demonstrating how RWJUH meets the Magnet standards for Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice, and New Knowledge Innovations, and Improvements. This past April, three ANCC appraisers conducted a 4-day virtual site visit to validate, verify, and amplify compliance and enculturation of the Magnet components at the hospital.

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

Nurses and staff clapping, celebrating RWJ University Hospital's Sixth Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence

RWJUH Staff Celebrates Earning Sixth Consecutive Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence 2021

Learn more about the Nursing program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.