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Inova Loudoun Earns Magnet Status for Third Time

Posted by Jillian Roberson, Recruitment & Marketing Specialist

6/21/16 12:51 PM

Inova Loudoun Hospital Magnet Status 2016

Leesburg, VA - Inova Loudoun Hospital today earned Magnet status from the American Nurses' Credentialing Center, the highest institutional honor awarded for nursing excellence.

The center, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, grants the status to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria. The process for earning the status is lengthy and measures four years' worth of statistics to come to the determination.

Hospital staffs are told via telephone the day the determination is made and a large group of Inova employees gathered in a conference room today at the Lansdowne campus to hear the news. “This is our third designation as a Magnet facility,” said Dr. Lisa Dugan, chief nurse executive at Inova Loudoun. “It's not about the nurses, it's about the whole organization working together as a team … a lot of effort goes into capturing the work we do in a four-year period.”

“It's important to be aware of what we do to improve and we have to capture that,” Dugan added.

As the news was announced with a group crowded around a telephone, nurses and doctors hugged. Some cried out of happiness as they realized the last four years of hard work had paid off.

Debbie Stanger, Inova's Magnet coordinator, said in total it takes about a year-and-a-half to document all the information needed to reach the status.

At least 90 documents must be filled out with information from the past four years, Stanger said, and about 35 of those documents must be accompanied with proven data.

“It's always about patient safety,” Stanger said. “This is a proven good work environment for our wonderful nurses but at the end of the day, it's about patient safety.”

Inova Loudoun first earned Magnet status in May 2006 and was recertified in October 2011. Only about 5 percent of the 6,000 hospitals in the United States have earned this designation.

American Nurses' Credentialing Center's credentialing programs are recognized internationally. It recognizes individual nurses in specialty practice areas, such an obstetrics; health care organizations for promoting a safe, positive work environment; and accredits continuing nursing education programs.

“The reflects what our team does every day,” said H. Patrick Walters, CEO of Inova Loudoun Hospital. “We've built our success, sustained it and continue to grow it and you can't get this done without the teamwork and talent that you bring to the table.”

This story originally appeared on on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

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