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Nurses Achieve Magnet® Recognition

March 21, 2011
Somerset Medical Center nurses have received nursing’s most prestigious honor – Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only 6 percent of hospitals nationwide have achieved this distinction.

“We can now officially say what we have always known: Somerset Medical Center nurses are among the nation’s best,” said Ken Bateman, president and chief executive officer at Somerset Medical Center. “Our community can be assured that they are getting the highest quality care from skilled, compassionate nurses.”

The American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is the world’s largest nursing credentialing organization. Its internationally renowned Magnet Recognition Program® was developed to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold innovative professional nursing practice.

“Magnet® recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence,” said Maureen Schneider, PhD (c), MSN, MBA, RN, senior vice president of clinical program development and chief nursing officer at Somerset Medical Center. “We are extremely proud of our nurses for achieving this honor. They truly represent the best in their profession.”

Somerset Medical Center applied for Magnet® recognition last year, submitting a 2,413-page application demonstrating how it meets the more than 200 nursing standards. Representatives from the American Nurses Credentialing Center conducted a three-day on-site survey in January, interviewing staff, physicians and community members and observing patient care.

“We congratulate all of our nurses on successfully completing the Magnet® journey,” said Kathleen Cummins, MS, RN, APN-C, ACNS-BC, vice president of nursing operations at Somerset Medical Center. “Their pride in their profession and their commitment to our patients are extraordinary. We are honored that they choose to work at Somerset Medical Center and are committed to supporting their professional growth.”

“We thank everyone who worked so hard over the past year to coordinate our Magnet® application and on-site survey and want to especially acknowledge the support and encouragement of our physicians throughout this process,” Bateman added.

Somerset Medical Center’s nurses are involved in virtually every area of the hospital, from providing bedside care to serving as educators, researchers, advanced practice specialists and administrators and spearheading information technology and quality improvement initiatives. Forty-six percent of the nursing staff have achieved advanced certifications in nursing specialties such as behavioral health, cardiology, critical care, geriatrics, maternity, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics and surgery.

The medical center was one of only 68 hospitals nationwide chosen to participate in a two-year project to improve patient care, known as Transforming Care at the Bedside. The initiative was facilitated by The American Organization of Nurse Executives and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 
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About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit