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Connecticut Children’s earns national recognition for excellence

The staff at the facility has been honored for its service commitment to patients and families as well as its nursing excellence.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Children’s recently earned a significant nursing recognition designation, according to a release from the hospital that said the honor reinforces its commitment to creating a compassionate patient and family experience that is entirely dedicated to kids.

Earlier this month, Connecticut Children’s received Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. The hospital said it is considered the gold standard in nursing excellence and that Magnet designation recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

According to the release, presently only 9.4% of hospitals nationally have earned the designation, including only seven in Connecticut.

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Sarah Matney, MSOL, BSN, RN, CPON, CENP, senior vice president Clinical Services & chief nursing officer at Connecticut Children’s, said she is beyond proud to see the hospital’s nurses reach the significant milestone. She said Magnet isn’t just a badge of honor; it is a true testament to the excellent care delivered each day by families that entrust the hospital with caring for their children.

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“To earn Magnet recognition is a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for nurses and team at large. I thank our nurses every day for all they continue to achieve,” Matney said, in the release.

The release notes that the Magnet recognition program distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. It is the highest and most regarded honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice, the hospital said.

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Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, president and chief executive officer at Connecticut Children’s, said the Magnet designation process has involved many teams from across the organization that have helped highlight the value of nursing to patients and families, the organization and the community.

“This designation serves as a benchmark to our community to measure the quality of nursing care at Connecticut Children’s and continues to raise the bar for pediatric healthcare in our region,” Shmerling said, in the release.

Organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process demanding widespread participation from leadership and staff to achieve Magnet recognition, according to the release. The process includes an application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Healthcare organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality, the hospital said.

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