Magnet Recognition


NYU Hospitals Center (Tisch/Rusk) earned the prestigious Magnet Award in 2005 and received redesignation in 2009 for the profession's highest honor for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. To date, only approximately 6% of US hospitals in the country and internationally have earned this coveted award.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Magnet Program


Q: What is the Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program?

A: The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program gives national recognition to healthcare organizations that have achieved excellence in nursing care. It is a program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the country’s leading nursing accrediting and credentialing organization.

Q: Why was the Magnet Program created?

A: The ANCC created the Magnet Program in 1994 to acknowledge healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care. The Magnet Program aims to raise awareness of the importance of the nursing profession. It provides nurses with up-to-date information on best practices in nursing. And it promotes workplace standards and behaviors that help nurses do their very best.


Q: What steps are involved in the applications process?

A: The Magnet Recognition Program uses the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators as its guide. It is built upon the characteristics of Magnet Hospitals, the classic research project published in 1983. It has evolved into a model based upon outcomes and Magnet Hospitals are expected to be above the 50th percentile in nurse sensitive indicators, patient satisfaction and RN satisfaction. Healthcare organizations are asked to submit evidence of their compliance with these standards as well as exemplars related to the following domains:  

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Structural Empowerment
  • Exemplary Professional Practice
  • New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

After an application and supporting documents have been submitted, the Commission on Magnet Recognition will conduct a site visit, evaluate the application, and make its decision.

Q: What are the benefits of becoming a Magnet-designated facility?

A: Magnet Designation…

  • Improves patient outcomes
  • Promotes patient satisfaction
  • Recognizes the value of nursing
  • Attracts high-quality nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers to NYU
  • Fosters positive working relationships
  • Reinforces the Service Standards and creates a quality "Magnet Culture"
  • Enhances pride and job satisfaction
  • Expands consumer base (both individual patients and healthcare plans)
  • Strengthens nursing recruitment and retention
  • Improves the organization’s competitive edge