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2014 Magnet® Application Manual

Published July 2013
110 pages

Effective Dates
The 2014 Magnet® Application Manual goes into effect August 1, 2014. Organizations submitting documents between April 1 and June 1, 2014, may choose to use the new 2014 or the 2008 Application Manual.

Find the information and instructions to guide Magnet®-recognized organizations and those considering the Journey to Magnet Excellence® all in one place! This publication describes the Magnet Model and outlines:

  • Eligibility criteria
  • Application process
  • Documentation instructions
  • Site visits

The 2014 Manual reduces the amount of information requested and simplifies the document submission process. A crosswalk from the 2008 edition is included. With examples, tips, and an extended glossary, this manual is clear and helpful to Magnet organizations and new applicants alike.

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The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. Achieving Magnet recognition is a rigorous process, but organizations seek to join this esteemed group because of the benefits and status it conveys. From initial recognition and through the renewal process—Magnet recognition is a credential that reaffirms the hard work and dedication of the entire nursing staff and reinforces the development and use of evidence-based criteria to achieve nursing excellence.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Magnet® Model
Statistical Foundation—the Empirical Model
The Magnet Model
Focus on Outcomes

Chapter 2: Overview of the Magnet® Application and Appraisal Process
Assessment of Eligibility for Magnet Recognition
Phases of the Magnet Appraisal Process
Phase One: Application
Submission of Application
Phase Two: Submission of Documentation
Assignment of Appraisers
Phase Three: Site Visit
Scheduling the Site Visit and Public Notice Requirements
Length of the Site Visit
Preparation of the Site Visit Agenda
Site Visit Activities
Phase Four: Commission on Magnet Recognition Decision Appeal Process
Responsibilities of Applicant and Magnet-Recognized Organizations
Data Use
Confidential Information
Compliance With Local, State, and Federal Laws and Regulations
Monitoring Compliance With Program Requirements
Interim Monitoring
Interim Monitoring Guidelines

Chapter 3. Requirements for Written Documentation
Demographic Data Collection Tool
Organizational Overview: Document Preparation Requirements
Sources of Evidence: Document Preparation Requirements

Chapter 4. Evidence Submission for Applicants
Organizational Overview
Contextual Information
Transformational Leadership
Structural Empowerment
Exemplary Professional Practice
New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements

Magnet® Model Components and Sources of Evidence
I. Transformational Leadership (TL)
Sources of Evidence:
Strategic Planning
Advocacy and Influence
Visibility, Accessibility, and Communication

II. Structural Empowerment (SE)
Sources of Evidence:
Professional Development
Commitment to Professional Development
Teaching and Role Development
Commitment to Community Involvement
Recognition of Nursing

III. Exemplary Professional Practice (EP)
Sources of Evidence:
Professional Practice Model
Care Delivery System(s)
Staffing, Scheduling, and Budgeting Processes
Interprofessional Care
Accountability, Competence, and Autonomy
Ethics, Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality
Culture of Safety
Quality Care Monitoring and Improvement

IV. New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements (NK)
Sources of Evidence:
Evidence-Based Practice

V. Empirical Outcomes (EO)
Empirical Outcomes Presentation Requirements: SE3EO, EP3EO, EP22EO, EP23EO, NK1EO Only
Empirical Outcomes Presentation Requirements: All Others
Goal Statement(s)
Description of the Intervention/Initiative/Activity(ies)
Empirical Outcomes: Data Display Requirements
Data Display Requirements


A. Forces of Magnetism
B. Crosswalk of Standards and Sources of Evidence—2008 to 2014
C. Application as a System
System Eligibility Requirements
Transformational Leadership
Structural Empowerment
Exemplary Professional Practice
New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements
Written Documentation
Site Visit
System Recognition
Requirements for System Written Documentation
Empirical Outcomes
D. Paper Documentation Submission Requirements
Formatting and Assembly of Written Documentation
E. Electronic Documentation Submission Requirements
F. International Application Requirements
Cultural Transferability of the Sources of Evidence
Data Collection Requirements
Interpreters and Translators

List of Figures and Tables
Figures Tables

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