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4th ANCC Magnet Designation

Despite the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, SHC successfully received its 4th consecutive Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2021. The ANCC is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. Congratulations to all SHC nurses and interprofessionals on this great accomplishment - collectively SHC nurses have raised the bar for professional nurses globally!


May the 4th be with you!

On Friday, February 19th, SHC had a much-anticipated phone call with the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet office. During this call, we learned that Stanford had received Magnet-designation for the 4th time and that we also received an astounding seven exemplars from the Magnet appraisers. Despite having the Magnet survey during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the appraisers were impressed by the innovative care provided by SHC’s engaged nurses, supported by Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and Caring Science.


Here are the accolades from the Magnet surveyors:

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The unit-level data for Device-Related Hospital -Acquired Pressure Injury (HAPI) outperformed the vendor’s national mean, median or other benchmark statistic and comparison cohort for the majority of eight quarters on 100% of the units.


The ambulatory setting nurse-sensitive clinical indicator (Door to Balloon) data outperformed the mean, median or other benchmark statistic for all eight quarters.


The ambulatory setting nurse-sensitive clinical indicator (HbA1c) data outperformed the mean,median or other benchmark statistic for all eight quarters.


The unit-level data for Patient Engagement or Patient Centered Care outperformed the vendor’s national mean, median or other benchmark statistic and comparison cohort for the majority of eight quarters on 100% of the units.

Well done, Stanford nurses and interprofessionals!


Structural Empowerment

The organization achieved/maintained             greater than or equal to 80% of                        professional registered nurses earning a            baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing.         Substantiated at site visit 93.4%


                                                                            Exemplary Professional Practice

The unit-level data for Hospital Acquired           Pressure Injury (HAPI) Stages 2 and above         outperformed the vendor’s national mean,       median or other benchmark statistic and           comparison cohort for the majority of               eight quarters on 100% of the units.

Transformational Leadership

The Stanford Health Care (SHC) Mission “To Care, To

Educate, To Discover” serves as an ever-present reminder as

to the core values of the organization. The mission statement frames the SHC Nursing and Interprofessional Professional Practice Model and provides the guiding principles for integrated nursing care. The theoretical framework for the SHC nursing philosophy and values, aligned with the SHC Mission Statement is inspired by the work of Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN. Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and Caring Science guides nursing practice as both a discipline and a profession, integrating the act of caring with science.


As the COVID pandemic surged in Northern California, Stanford nurses lived their mission through exemplary nursing practice.

To Care:

ï    Caring was demonstrated by the extensive

interdisciplinary planning to assure that SHC

was prepared for the surge. This included an

assessment of PPE supplies, assuring fit testing

for all caregivers, and the prioritization of all

hospital services. A COVID ICU and medical unit

were established. Staff articulated many examples of caring

practices for this frightened, sick, and vulnerable patient population that were nothing short of exemplary. All staff received their pay, regardless of where and if they worked. In addition, housing was set up for staff who could not return home if there were vulnerable individuals in the house. In addition, safety officers on each unit assured that donning and doffing was done correctly to assure staff safety. This resulted in staff that felt safe and cared for. Staff caring for COVID patients have been offered respite at any time they desire. To date, zero staff have asked for a respite. Staff repeatedly expressed that they felt and feel safe throughout this pandemic.

To Educate:

ï    Just-in-time education was extensive. The robust intranet site was set up as the one “Source of Truth” for the most current information on COVID. The site is managed by patient care services and the department of communications. To date, there are 86 live documents on the intranet. In addition, the staff of nine infection preventionists helped to develop workflows, policies, and identified potential exposure events.

To Discover:

ï    Innovation and discovery were numerous. iPads were used to not only support the patient and family but also to decrease the amount of time clinicians had to enter the rooms of COVID patients. In addition, IV lines were externalized for those patients on drips requiring frequent titration. QC codes were developed to ease access to policies and resource documents with the use of an I-Phone that all nurses have. To date, the organization has participated in 12 clinical trials, has had four publications, 10 abstracts accepted and four interprofessional publications related to COVID.


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Congratulations, SHC nurses!

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