American Association of Nursing

Magnifying Nursing Excellence

nurses do rounds inside UConn Health


UConn Health has launched its journey to Magnet nursing excellence recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Association of Nursing (AAN).

“Magnet designation is the ultimate honor for a hospital’s high-quality nursing,” says Sue Ellen Goodrich, RN, nursing director of Professional Practice for UConn Health. “Research shows us that stellar nursing practice truly makes a difference in patient care and outcomes.”

To pave the road to Magnet status for its more than 1,200 nurses, UConn John Dempsey Hospital is raising patient safety, satisfaction, and evidence-based outcomes benchmarks to above the national average while increasing nurse satisfaction, retention, collaboration, research, and professional development opportunities.

Of the 5,564 hospitals in the U.S., only 6.6 percent are Magnet-designated, with 460 total Magnet hospitals worldwide.

The Magnet Recognition program, created in 1990, is based on 14 “Forces of Magnetism” characteristics grouped into five pillars: Transformational
Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge, Innovation, and Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes.

To jump-start the Magnet journey, UConn Health has adopted a nursing professional practice model of compassion, integrity, collaboration, and innovation, with improvement initiatives aimed at preventing patient falls, central line–associated blood stream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and hospital-acquired pressure ulcers. UConn Health has also joined the national program NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders).

“We look forward to building an even stronger foundation of nursing excellence while providing greater benefits to our patients and nurses,” says UConn Health Chief Nursing Officer Ann Marie Capo, RN, whose leadership and vision was pivotal to starting the Magnet process.