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ANMC nurses begin the Magnet journey for hospital’s fourth designation

July 1, 2016

ANMC is Alaska’s only Magnet-recognized hospital since 2003, which recognizes the hospital for its high-quality patient care, nursing excellence, interprofessional teamwork and innovations in professional nursing practice. Less than seven percent of the nation’s hospitals are Magnet-recognized and ANMC’s Magnet designation is a source of great pride among our nurses, providers and ANTHC staff.

On Oct.1, 2016, ANMC’s application for Magnet redesignation is due to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the entity responsible for the Magnet Recognition Program. From that date, ANMC has one year to submit supporting documents that accompany our application.

Last week, ANTHC nursing leaders hosted Kathy Riley, a Magnet Nurse Consultant from Healthlinx, whose role is to help our nursing leaders prepare for this journey and assess our current status. This mid-cycle assessment is designed to ensure our nurses are aware of any changes in Magnet standards and adjusting for those as needed to be compliance. Later in the journey, Riley will ensure our application and supporting documents are in line with what ANCC requires for a fourth designation and prepare our staff for a facility appraisal.

“Each designation is different from the last, becoming progressively more difficult to achieve,” said Linda Oxley, ANTHC’s Magnet Program Director. “Kathy really knows how to make complex language simpler to digest and understand. She is an excellent resource for our nurses on this journey.”

The supporting documents that ANMC must turn in with our application are comprised of 49 standards— we must articulate how we are meeting each of them. Some standards require more than one document entry, for a total of 79 written submissions that must be completed.

All ANMC nursing leadership, directors, clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse consultants, and all shared governance leaders participated in the meetings and writing workshops during Riley’s three-day visit. Riley will be back to ANMC in about six weeks to continue guiding and working with our nursing leadership as we move toward our next designation.

For more information about ANMC’s Magnet designation efforts, please contact Linda Oxley, ANTHC’s Magnet Program Director, at

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