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University of Iowa News Release

March 30, 2004

UI Nurses To Celebrate Magnet Recognition

Nurses at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will hold a special event for the University of Iowa Health Care community to celebrate their being awarded the prestigious Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence, the first hospital in the state to earn the distinction.

The Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics is sponsoring the hospital-wide celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 2, on the first level of John Colloton Pavilion in the atrium adjacent to Elevator F. Several video and slide presentations will take place throughout the celebration and refreshments will be served. Formal presentation of the award will take place at 12:30 p.m., followed by remarks from UI and hospital leaders.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the credentialing arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), awards the coveted honor, which is granted only to hospitals that undergo a rigorous, voluntary evaluation process. The ANA has demonstrated that hospitals that meet their stringent requirements provide positive patient outcomes, recognize excellence in nursing services and reward professional nursing achievement. Only about 100 hospitals in the United States have earned the award.

Independent studies of Magnet hospitals have shown that patients who receive care in such centers average a shorter length of stay and have higher rates of satisfaction. Also, nurses working in Magnet hospitals are more satisfied with their work and the care they provide, and Magnet hospitals have an increased rate of retention among nurses.

The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program was established in 1993 to recognize health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition within nursing that supports professional nursing practice. It is the highest level of recognition that the American Nurses Credentialing Center can accord to organized nursing services in the national and international health care communities.

The ANCC is the nation's largest and foremost accrediting and credentialing organization for the nursing profession. The Magnet Recognition Program provides important national and international recognition to health care organizations that demonstrate sustained excellence in nursing care.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is the state's only academic medical center.

For more information, contact Shellee Laubersheimer by e-mail at shellee-laubersheimer@uiowa.edu.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.