What is the Organizational Overview?
Organizational Overview provides background documents such as annual reports, organizational structures, policies and procedures and documents that provide the foundation and backgrounds leading up to narratives—also known as sources of evidence.
Nursing leaders at all levels of a Magnet-recognized organization demonstrate advocacy and support on behalf of staff and patients to transform values, belief, and behaviors. The Chief Nursing Officer is strategically positioned within the organization to effectively inﬂuence other executive stakeholders, including the board of directors/trustees.
Nursing's Mission, Vision and Values and strategic plan align with Providence’s priorities to improve performance, wherever nursing is practiced. Mechanisms must be implemented for evidence-based practice to evolve and for innovation to ﬂourish. Nurses throughout the organization perceive their voices are heard, their input is valued, and their practice is supported.
Nurses throughout Magnet-recognized organizations are involved in shared governance and decision-making structures and processes to establish standards of practice and address opportunities for improvement. Nurse leaders serve on decision-making bodies that address excellence in patient care and the safe, eﬃcient and effective operation of the organization. The ﬂow of information and decision-making involves professional nurses at the bedside, in leadership, on interprofessional teams, as well as the chief nursing oﬃcer.
Nurses and nurse leaders develop strong partnerships with community organizations to improve patient outcomes and advance the health of the communities they serve. This is accomplished through the organization's strategic plan, structure, systems, policies and programs.
Exemplary Professional Practice
Exemplary professional practice in Magnet-recognized organizations is evidenced by effective and eﬃcient care services, interprofessional collaboration and high-quality patient outcomes. Magnet nurses partner with patients, families, support systems and interprofessional teams to positively impact patient care and outcomes. Collegial working relationships within and among the disciplines are valued and promoted by the organization's leadership and its employees.
Exemplary professional practice is grounded in a culture of safety, quality monitoring and quality improvement. Nurses collaborate with other disciplines to ensure that care is comprehensive, coordinated and monitored for effectiveness through the quality improvement model. Nurses at all levels analyze data and use national benchmarks to gain a comparative perspective about their performance and the care patients receive.
Magnet-recognized organizations integrate evidence-based practice and research into clinical and operational processes. Nurses are educated about evidence-based practice and research, enabling them to appropriately explore the safest and best practices for their patients and practice environment and to generate new knowledge.
Innovations in patient care, nursing, and the practice environment are the hallmark of organizations receiving Magnet recognition. Establishing new ways of achieving high-quality, effective, and eﬃcient care is the outcome of transformational leadership, empowering structures and processes, and exemplary professional practice in nursing.
To learn more about Magnet hospitals, please visit the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® website.