UC Irvine Medical Center became the first Magnet hospital in Orange County in 2003. At that time, it was the third Magnet hospital in California and the 77th Magnet hospital in the United States.
The medical center received Magnet recognition a second time in 2008.
What does Magnet Recognition mean?
Magnet Recognition is the highest level of recognition a hospital can receive for excellence in nursing. The hospital must demonstrate this excellence through a comprehensive review every four years. When a hospital receives Magnet Recognition, it means the hospital has created an environment that:
The Magnet Model
The American Nurse's Credentialing Center (ANCC) gives the following definition of the Magnet Model:
The ANCC model for the Magnet Recognition program serves as a road map for organizations seeking Magnet recognition and provides a framework for nursing practice and research in the future.
The Magnet Model organizes the 14 forces of magnetism into five model components, with a focus on outcome measurement and streamlined documentation.
Vision for Magnet
ANCC Magnet-recognized organizations will serve as a fount of knowledge and expertise for the global delivery of nursing care. Grounded in core Magnet principles, these organizations will be flexible and constantly strive for discovery and innovation. They will lead healthcare reform, the discipline of nursing, and care of the patient, family and community.
For more information on Magnet, please visit the ANCC Magnet Program Overview website.
UC Irvine Health Employees: To review submitted documents, please visit the Nursing tab on the homepage of the UC Irvine Health Intranet.