Successful Magnet Redesignation – Case #4457

Editorial Staff


The HealthLinx Process was implemented in May 2012 after the organization completed an internal gap analysis. Strengths, opportunities, and risks were identified by the CNO and MPD through an SOE Gap Analysis. There was limited ability to verify risks, as the client declined an assessment by HealthLinx.

In June 2012 the Nursing Excellence Project Management Plan (NEPM) was implemented for submission of Magnet® document in June 2013. The 11-month plan included determining the best examples to demonstrate the culture of nursing excellence, writing, content editing, and publishing the electronic document.

  • 1-Day Project Launch June 2012

The document was submitted on time in June 2013. The organization was notified in September 2013 that their document was accepted, and a site visit was scheduled for November 2013.

Magnet® designation was successfully achieved in January 2014.


The lack of a comprehensive organizational assessment (NEAP) resulted in unanticipated challenges.

  • The organization did not have the well-developed nursing research program that was presented in the internal gap analysis. This resulted in a lack of completed nursing research studies to present in the document.
  • Measurable improvements from all areas of the organization, supported by data, were difficult to identify. The organization relied on one or two major initiatives for many of their SOEs. This resulted in a challenge to demonstrate nursing excellence across the all areas of the organization.
  • NSI data had not been submitted to a vendor for all appropriate units. NSI data did not outperform at time of document submission.


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