Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has earned the Magnet Recognition Program® designation three times: in June 2005, in November 2009, and again in July 2014, given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center — the nation's preeminent accreditation
organization — for excellence in nursing service and practice.
This gold standard for nursing is an honor that has been granted to approximately 8 percent of hospitals worldwide and represents Dana-Farber's ongoing commitment to providing patients and families with the most expert, compassionate nursing care.
How did Dana-Farber achieve Magnet status?
Dana-Farber underwent a multi-faceted evaluation process documenting how the organization meets stringent healthcare standards determined by the American Nurses Association. This included submission of a 2,500-page document and a two-day site visit by
Magnet appraisers. To continue to hold Magnet status, organizations must undergo redesignation every few years. Redesignation includes written submission of evidence showcasing excellence, followed by a two-day site visit by Magnet appraisers.
All aspects of Dana-Farber's nursing care were determined to be within the range of excellence.
What are the benefits of Magnet designation?
For patients, Magnet status doesn't change anything about the quality of care they receive. It emphasizes the outstanding level of care Dana-Farber nurses have always provided to patients and families and promotes improvement for the future.
Patients treated at Magnet facilities typically have lower mortality rates and greater satisfaction because they are cared for by experienced, educated, vigilant nurses who successfully collaborate with each other and with non-nursing colleagues to ensure
the highest quality patient care.
For nurses, it acknowledges that they are respected members of a multidisciplinary team and are supported by the administration.
Nurses who work in Magnet facilities experience fewer injuries and high job satisfaction, and work in an autonomous environment that supports professional growth.
Learn more about the Magnet Recognition Program on the American Nurses Credentialing Center website.
"Locate the nearest magnet. If you can easily check into a magnet hospital you'd be foolish not to." — The Reader's Digest
"Recognizing quality patient care and nursing excellence, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive." — The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Pictured are some of Dana-Farber’s 27 "Magnet Champions," who educate colleagues about the importance of Magnet accreditation, share unit examples of excellence with the Champion team, encourage ideas for improvement, and showcase "Magnet Moments" at the Institute.