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ANCC Magnet Prize® Program

The 2019 ANCC Magnet Prize

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is proud to launch the 2019 ANCC Magnet Prize, sponsored by Cerner, a leading supplier of health care information technology. Their purpose is to encourage leading-edge nursing programs and practices by sponsoring the $50,000 purse associated with the ANCC Magnet Prize. 

The ANCC Magnet Prize will be presented to the organization whose proposed project best describes cutting-edge research, practices, services, technologies, programs, or other exemplary innovations designed to increase the knowledge base of support for patient care and nursing excellence and to demonstrate positive outcomes. The award winner will have one year to further develop their proposed innovative program or project. They will return the following year to present the project outcomes at the 2019 ANCC National Magnet Conference®.

General Information

To further encourage the pursuit of excellence, in 2002 ANCC's board of directors established the Magnet Prize, which is awarded only to Magnet-recognized organizations. The award serves as a means for acknowledging peak performance. In many ways, the word Magnet has become a philosophy and a symbol within the nursing profession for transforming work environments and for the continuous pursuit of excellence Magnet recognition is an organization-wide commitment to a culture where excellence flourishes.

The intent of this monetary award is to provide the Magnet-recognized organization with the support to use translational research for a proposed project or program meaningful for nursing, patients, interprofessional colleagues, health care delivery systems, the public, and the global health care industry.

Applications will be evaluated by a blind, peer review process conducted by a committee of national nursing leaders that includes chief nursing officers (CNOs) from prior Magnet Prize-winning organizations, the Commission on Magnet Recognition, and the ANCC board of directors.

Magnet Prize Criteria

  • The Magnet Prize is awarded only to Magnet-recognized organizations.
  • Only one application may be submitted per organization.
  • The winning organization must be currently Magnet designated and in good standing through October 31, 2020.
  • The Magnet Prize will be awarded for a proposed program or project that:
    • Is an extraordinary innovation that is unique, novel, or creative in the means utilized to address the identified problem or need;
    • Is initiated by nurses;
    • Involves all appropriate individuals, including staff nurses and other services as appropriate, in its conception and implementation;
    • Is transformative of nursing, patient care, or the nursing environment;
    • Clearly can be seen as enduring and able to be replicated in other settings; and
    • Clearly has the potential for positive outcomes empirically linked to the innovation.

Should your Magnet Organization be nominated?

If you answer yes to most of the criteria listed above, you are strongly encouraged to apply for the ANCC Magnet Prize. 

Closing Date for Submissions

Nomination submissions and supporting documents must be received by ANCC's Magnet Prize Committee by 11:59 P.M. EDT on June 24, 2019 for consideration. Submissions must be made electronically.

Application Process

Nomination (Application) Process for the ANCC Magnet Prize

  • Specific instructions on the preparation of the nomination and supplemental material are described on the nomination form. Please note the requirement to “blind” all references to the submitting organization in the description of the innovation.
  • Nominations are due June 24, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EDT.
  • Nominations for the Magnet Prize may be submitted by any representative of a Magnet organization who is familiar with the innovation. The CNO must be listed on the nomination, with contact information in the event (s)he is not the nominator.
  • Note: Complete the disclaimer statement on the nomination attesting that the organization’s compliance and/or legal officer has been consulted, as appropriate, and certifying that the organization is eligible to receive the ANCC Magnet Prize™ purse, travel stipends, registrations, and recognitions associated with the award. The Magnet Prize winning organization must agree to use 100 percent of the award money to develop the innovation and to use the language "The ANCC Magnet Prize™ sponsored by Cerner" in all references made to the Magnet Prize.
  • All applications must be submitted electronically (on-line form).
  • Confirmation of submission will be sent to the e-mail address of the nominating individual within 72 hours of receipt.
  • Prior Magnet Prize winners are prohibited from applying for two years after receipt of their award.
  • The CNO of the winning organization will be notified of a decision by September 12, 2019.

The Award

The Award

  • The Magnet Prize will be presented during the ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Orlando, Florida October 10-12, 2019.
  • Cerner will provide ANCC with the $50,000 monetary award to sponsor the Magnet Prize.
  • Cerner will contribute $500 to ANCC to cover costs of travel to the Magnet Conference for up to three attendees (i.e., $1,500 total) from the Magnet Prize recipient organization in the year the award is announced.
  • Cerner will also contribute $500 to ANCC to cover costs of travel to the Magnet Conference for up to three attendees (i.e., $1,500 total from Cerner) from the Magnet Prize recipient facility in the year following the award receipt so they may present their project progress/results.
  • ANCC will transfer 100 percent of the monetary award and the travel stipend to the winning organization.
  • Cerner will plan and assume the costs of an exclusive recognition event for the Magnet Prize recipients, including the transportation of the Magnet Prize winners to and from this event. The Magnet Prize winners will travel in the company of ANCC and Cerner executives.
  • ANCC will provide a complimentary, full conference registration for up to three attendees from the Magnet Prize winner in the year the award is announced and for up to three attendees returning to present the following year.
  • The Magnet Prize winners will be responsible for all other arrangements, including lodging and associated expenses.
  • Award recipients will be asked to provide a brief overview of their proposed project during the acceptance of the award.
  • Award recipients will return the following year to deliver a short presentation on the innovation at a general session, according to ANCC guidelines. Winners must agree to work with ANCC to prepare the presentation prior to the Magnet Conference..

Rules of the Award

Rules of the Award

  • Magnet Prize winners are prohibited from submitting another Magnet Prize application for two years following their winning innovation.
  • Only one nomination will be accepted each year from a given Magnet organization.
  • Approximately six months after the award is presented, the winning organization will be required to submit an accounting to ANCC of how the award money is being utilized. One hundred percent of the award money must be used for the development and implementation of the innovation.
    • An ANCC executive or designee will join a Cerner nursing executive in a visit to the Magnet Prize-winning organization to see the progress of the innovation.
  • The ANCC Magnet Prize Committee will consider all submitted nominations properly made and material submitted with or in support thereof.
  • Material submitted with or in support of any nominations will be received on the conditions that:
    • The Magnet Prize Committee will not return such material or any portion thereof to the nominee or the nominators.
    • The Magnet Prize Committee may make such disclosure of the names of the nominees and the nominators and of the innovation disclosed in such material as the committee deems appropriate.
    • No claim will be made and no action will be brought against the American Nurses Credentialing Center, its board of directors, its employees, or members of the Magnet Prize Committee arising out of the use made of such nomination material or of any such disclosure.
    • The individual submitting the nomination warrants that disclosure of material submitted with or in support does not breach the terms of any other contract or agreements, that s/he is entitled to use the material, and that if any permissions are needed to use the material, s/he has obtained those permissions.
    • The individual making the nomination warrants that the organization is not prohibited from accepting the Magnet Prize award or any related benefit, including but not limited to paid transportation, meals, and ANCC National Magnet Conference® registration, and that the organization will attend the Magnet Prize reception. If the organization is unable to accept the Magnet Prize award or related benefits, the organization must notify the ANCC Magnet Prize Committee in its application.
    • The Magnet Prize winner will agree to use "the ANCC Magnet Prize™ sponsored by Cerner" in all references made to the prize.

Past Award Winners

Past Recipients of the Magnet Prize


OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center [OSF Saint Francis] (Peoria, IL)
Multifaceted initiative to reduce food insecurity and improve health outcomes in the community.


Christiana Care Health System (Newark, DE)
Virtual Realty in a Chemotherapy Suite: Technology Leading to Connection, Education and Preparation


Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (Bennington, VT)
Accountable Community for Health


Children’s Mercy, Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
Cardiac High Acuity Monitoring Program (CHAMP)


Nicklaus Children's Hospital at Miami Children's Health System (Miami, FL)
Humpty Dumpty Fall Prevention Program™


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) (Iowa City, IA)
Moo-ving Past Traditions and Blazing New Trails: The EBP Journey at Iowa


Lehigh Valley Health Network, Telehealth Services at Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown, PA)
Cutting Edge Programs that Have Transformed Interprofessional Practice and Enhanced Patient Care Outcomes


Craig Hospital (Englewood, CO)
Specialized Nurse Advice Line


Bassett Medical Center (Cooperstown, NY)
Geography Matters – The School Based Health Program


St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center (Paterson, NJ)
The Women's Heart Center


Poudre Valley Hospital (Fort Collins, CO)
Community Case Management Program


Abington Memorial Hospital (Abington, PA)
Daily CARE Plan


Pitt County Memorial Hospital
Formation of a Bariatric Consortium to Address Issues Related to Morbidly Obese Population


American Academy of Nursing
Seminal Research – Magnet Hospitals: Attraction and Retention of Professional Nurses (1983)


Mayo Clinic Foundation
Nursing Genomics Program


University of Colorado Hospital
Evidence Based Practice to Improve Clinical and Management Outcomes


James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (Tampa, FL)
Patient Safety Center of Inquiry

Please direct all questions to ANCC via e-mail at or phone 301.628.5102.

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