Spokane’s Providence Holy Family Hospital this summer became the first hospital in Eastern Washington to achieve a Magnet designation for the excellence and empowerment of its nursing workforce.
WSU College of Nursing faculty member Tiffanie Rampley led that effort.
Rampley, who is a clinical assistant professor at the college, also served as the Magnet program coordinator for Providence Holy Family Hospital. She was the hospital’s director of nursing prior to that. She says Providence Holy Family Hospital started working toward Magnet designation in 2008.
“It’s a long, difficult process and it requires nurses at every level to be dedicated to nursing excellence,” Rampley said.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center operates the Magnet recognition program, calling it “steadfast proof of a hard-earned commitment to excellence in health care, with contented nurses at its heart.”
Rampley explains that Magnet designation means a hospital supports bedside nurses with adequate tools to do their jobs and with an organizational structure that means nurses have a voice.
“It’s a shared governance concept meaning every nurse at every level goes into making nursing policies and guidelines,” she said.
Rampley said she’s especially pleased that Magnet hospitals provide a robust transition to practice for new nursing grads.
Said Adam Richards, chief nursing officer at Providence Holy Family Hospital, Magnet status “is the highest credential for nursing facilities around the country and the world.”