Empirical Quality Results
Today’s Magnet recognition process primarily focuses on structure and processes, with an assumption that good outcomes will follow.
Currently, outcomes are not specified, and are minimally weighted. There are no quantitative outcome requirements for ANCC Magnet Recognition™. Recently lacking were benchmark data that would allow comparisons with best practices. This area is where the greatest changes need to occur. Data of this caliber will spur needed changes.
In the future, having a strong structure and processes are the first steps. In other words, the question for the future is not “what do you do?” or “how do you do it” but rather, “what difference have you made?”
Magnet-recognized organizations are in a unique position to become pioneers of the future and to demonstrate solutions to numerous problems inherent in our health care systems today. They may do this in a variety of ways through innovative structure and various processes, and they ought to be recognized, not penalized, for their inventiveness.
Outcomes need to be categorized in terms of clinical outcomes related to nursing, workforce outcomes, patient and consumer outcomes, and organizational outcomes. When possible, outcomes data that the organization already collects should be utilized.
Quantitative benchmarks should be established. These outcomes will represent the “report card” of a Magnet-recognized organization, and a simple way of demonstrating excellence.