Magnet Redesignation

Fantastic Four: Receiving Magnet® Designation Again For Nursing Excellence

Group of people holding the Fourth Magnet designation award banner.
Rush University Medical Center received its fourth Magnet® designation, the highest recognition given for nursing excellence on January 20, 2016. The designation recognizes Rush’s nursing staff for overall excellence and for providing the very best care to patients. Magnet status is considered the “gold standard” and means Rush nurses are experts continually working to improve patient care through specialized training and quality improvements.

Tresca Wilson reacts to the good news during a live announcement of Rush receiving its fourth Magnet designation.Tresca Wilson reacts to the good news during a live announcement of Rush receiving its fourth Magnet designation.

Magnet status, which lasts four years, is granted by The American Nurses Credentialing Center — an independently governed organization within the American Nurses Association. The center previously granted Magnet recognition to Rush in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving both adults and children to achieve Magnet status. Only 7 percent, or 418, of the nation’s 5,700 hospitals have current Magnet status, based on data from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Hospital Association.

Magnet champions and Professional Nursing Staff Magnet Committee members helped prepare our staff for a vigorous and multifaceted site visit. The Magnet appraisal team interviewed more than 700 members of the Rush staff and visited 43 locations, including all nursing units, during a site visit held in November 2015.

There is a long tradition of excellence in nursing at Rush. Receiving Magnet status again, and receiving it consistently for so long, shows that the care Rush nurses provide is among the best anywhere.