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International Information about ANCC Recognition Programs

ANCC's prestigious recognition programs for healthcare organizations are now accepting international applications.

Healthcare organizations around the world are searching for ways to improve patient care and quality. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) recognition programs for nursing excellence offer proven strategies to reach these goals.

For hospitals located outside of the United States, ANCC offers additional support and resources to assist you in pursuing Magnet Recognition or Pathway designation.

Magnet Recognition Program®
The gold standard in recognizing nursing excellence

Educational Requirements and Validation of Credentials
International applicants for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's, Magnet Recognition Program®  must demonstrate that nurses meet eligibility requirements for academic preparation and licensure.

The following eligibility requirements apply for those organization apply for the Magnet Recognition Program®.

Chief Nursing Officer
Effective 2003, the CNO must hold at a minimum, a master's degree at the time of application. If the master's degree is not in nursing then either a baccalaureate degree or doctoral degree must be in nursing. The requirement must be maintained throughout the application phase, review phase, and designation as a Magnet organization. Appointees as interim CNOs must also comply with this requirement.

Nurse Managers
A Registered Nurse with 24/7 accountability for the overall supervision of all Registered Nurses and other healthcare providers in an inpatient or outpatient area. The Nurse Manager is typically responsible for recruitment and retention, performance review, and professional development; involved in the budget formulation and quality outcomes; and helps to plan for, organize and lead the delivery of nursing care for a designated patient care area.
  • Effective 1/1/2011 (at time of application) – 75% Nurse Managers must have a degree in nursing (baccalaureate or graduate degree)
  • Effective 1/1/2013 (at time of application) – 100% Nurse Managers must have a degree in nursing (baccalaureate or graduate degree)

Nurse Leaders
Those nurse leaders with line authority over multiple units that have RNs working clinically and those nurse leaders who are positioned on the organizational chart between the nurse manager and the CNO.

  • Effective 1/1/2013 (at time of application) – 100% of nurse leaders must have a degree in nursing (baccalaureate or graduate degree)

To validate international credentials you may contact one of the organizations listed below:

*ANCC does not advocate for any individual organization listed

International Interpretation of Selected Sources of Evidence
See more information about SE3EO (formal education), EP3EO (Nurse Satisfaction), EP22EO (Clinical Indicators), and EP23EO (Patient Satisfaction).

Consultation, workshops, and study tours to help you learn more about the application process.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has successfully achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification for all of its credentialing programs.

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