Beginning in 2008, nursing at KHCC moved toward a new era of practice through recognizing nurse achievements and focusing on retention by encouraging the culture of professional excellence and quality care. This began with nurse leaders and the direct care nurses having mutual input in patient care-related decisions.
In 2009, KHCC decided to seek Magnet® status. The Magnet Recognition Program® is an international designation that recognizes healthcare organizations that are committed to teamwork, positive patient outcomes and excellent quality of care. The decision to pursue Magnet® at KHCC emphasized our nursing commitment to excellence and quality, and retaining experienced nurses by improving the work environment by having direct care nurses participate in decision-making in issues related to patient care and the work environment. A Magnet® design team was formed consisting of nurse managers and direct care nurses. The design teams met regularly to develop, implement, and plan to achieve Magnet® recognition. All team members recommended starting implementing shared governance on the unit-level leadership to introduce this model to both nurse leaders and unit nurses.
As KHCC moves toward Magnet®, it will be even more important to retain highly qualified professional staffs and use interdisciplinary collaborative approaches and evidence-based practices to provide the best possible care to the community.