What is a Magnet® Hospital?

Magnet recognized, American Nurses Credentialing Center LogoA Magnet® hospital is one that has been conferred a special designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This coveted honor was named “Magnet” to help hospitals attract and retain nurses, but the designation also attracts patients and other medical staff because of its significance. Tampa General Hospital has received the Magnet® designation four times in a row, and we are honored to have been recognized for our commitment to excellence in nursing. 

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® first started in 1990 with the goal of identifying and promoting hospitals that offer excellent nursing care. Today, the Magnet® program is considered the gold standard of nursing excellence and is the highest level of honor conferred by the ANCC. Recipients are an elite group of hospitals with a hard-earned commitment to:

  • Providing world-class care
  • Undergoing the rigorous application process every four years, which can take a year or longer to complete
  • Demonstrating a high standard of excellence in five core areas, including transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations and improvements; and empirical outcomes

As a result, only a small selection of hospitals and health care organizations worldwide have received the designation and fewer than 10% of U.S. hospitals are currently designated Magnet®, according to The American Hospital Association. More impressively, TGH is among just 4.2% of facilities in the country to have achieved designation four times. 

Benefits of Magnet® Designation

TGH’s Magnet® designation means that our nurses are empowered to continually grow in practice and innovation, putting patients at the center of focus. TGH nurses regularly take the lead on patient care and are strong drivers of institutional health care change and innovation, thanks to their participation on multidisciplinary teams. This not only ensures that our nurses are more satisfied in their careers and are less likely to experience burnout, but also means our patients experience fewer complications, enjoy shorter hospital stays and receive excellent overall care.