What It Takes To Achieve Magnet Recognition: A Closer Look at the 5 Magnet Model Components

From transformational leadership to empirical quality results

Every hospital working toward achieving Magnet® designation becomes very familiar with the five model components. These broad and comprehensive components speak to the overall nursing culture within a hospital or healthcare system. Here we take a closer look at some recent and past articles that illustrate how the Cleveland Clinic health system has embraced and operationalized these five Magnet Model components at its hospitals.

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  1. “Transformational Leadership”

Cleveland Clinic Executive Chief Nursing Officer K. Kelly Hancock, DNP, RN, NE-BC, FAAN, believes empowerment and delegation are vital to successful nurse leadership. She says these skills help leaders enhance efficiency, further develop teams, improve patient outcomes, and so much more. A couple years ago she and her team created a class focused on building an empowered team so that nurse leaders could learn more about these vital skills.

Empowerment and Delegation: Two Vital Skills Every Nurse Leader Needs

  1. “Structural Empowerment”

From a strong shared governance model to daily interdisciplinary huddles, Cleveland Clinic’s Nursing Institute has many mechanisms in place to ensure that nurses are an integral part of all health system operations. By being at the table where decisions are made, they are empowered to work with staff at all levels and to be decision makers at the highest levels.

Shared Governance 2.0: Today’s Model More Strongly Integrates All Frontline Nurses

Tiered Huddles Bring Interdisciplinary Teams Together

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  1. “Exemplary Professional Practice”

Exemplary professional practice focuses on excellence, collaboration, quality, safety and best practices to realize extraordinary patient care results. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the effort to achieve excellence in nursing quality and patient safety.

Achieving Excellence in Nursing Quality and Patient Safety

  1. “New Knowledge, Innovation, Improvements”

At Cleveland Clinic, innovation is an important part of a nurse’s professional responsibility. We are joining nurses across the globe in continually devising innovations that are changing professional nursing practice – from how patients are managed and cared for to how compliance regulations are met and new technologies are utilized. All nurses are encouraged to explore best practices.

One recent nursing study looked at patients in an acute care setting to find out how well they would do self-managing their type 1 diabetes. This type of study has become a common occurrence at hospitals throughout the Nursing Institute as the Office for Nursing Research and Innovation runs programs and provides a high level of support for nursing research at all levels.

Keeping an Eye on Nursing Innovations

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Research Often Starts on the Front Lines of Patient Care

  1. “Empirical Quality Results”

This Magnet component focuses on the outcomes of structures and processes and how they compare to benchmarks. Clinical outcomes refer to workforce outcomes, patient outcomes and organizational outcomes.

To achieve a high level of care, nurses must be enabled to access information and make continual improvements. Over the last several years, Nursing has been using a new nursing quality application and unit review dashboard to streamline data entry and review. The system allows nurses to easily measure quality indicators. The Nursing Institute also encourages all of its nurses to investigate best practices, because research often starts on the frontlines of patient care where ideas for innovation are formed.

New Cleveland Clinic Nursing Quality Application and Unit Review Dashboard Streamline Data Entry, Review