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ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®

Welcome to the Magnet Recognition Program®, for health care organizations who truly value nursing talent. Magnet Recognition is not merely an award or a badge of honor. It is steadfast proof of a hard-earned commitment to excellence in health care, with contented nurses at its heart. 

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Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program designates organizations worldwide where nursing leaders successfully align their nursing strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. The Magnet Recognition Program provides a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the whole of an organization. To nurses, Magnet Recognition means education and development through every career stage, which leads to greater autonomy at the bedside. To patients, it means the very best care, delivered by nurses who are supported to be the very best that they can be.

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 Click HERE to view updates to the 2023 Magnet® Program Application Manual

NOTICE: Change in Site Visit Eligibility Requirement. Details of Change in Eligibility Requirement


Magnet with Distinction®

Magnet with Distinction celebrates hospitals and healthcare organizations that exceed the scoring thresholds required to attain Magnet designation. It raises the bar to recognize top-tier organizations that have achieved the highest level of nursing excellence while addressing emerging challenges and changes in health care moving forward.

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following organizations that have achieved Magnet with Distinction recognition

Emory St. Joseph's Hospita, Atlanta, GA (November 2023)
Kaiser Foundation Hospital South Sacramento, Sacramento, CA (December 2023)
Indiana University Health West Hospital, Avon, IN (March 2024)
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, Boston, MA (March 2024)

For more information about Magnet with Distinction, please click HERE.


How to apply

Take your first steps towards Magnet Recognition, by viewing our eligibility requirementsapplication process, and submission requirements. If you have already earned Magnet Recognition, then find out about redesignation to ensure that your organization continues to be recognized for supporting nurses to lead health care change.


Benefits of Magnet®:

  • Highest standard of care for patients.
  • Business growth and financial success.
  • Staff who feel motivated and valued.

While the benefits of Magnet speak for themselves, the journey to Magnet requires real dedication. By continually evaluating their strengths, weaknesses, and performance in relation to the Magnet model, organizations are empowered to make the right change. The result is an environment which inspires nurses to work together, to advance health care for all.

Why become Magnet

Magnet Learning Communities

Bring the core benefits of Magnet to your organization, by signing up to Magnet Learning Communities (MLC).  MLC is open to every Magnet-eligible health care organization regardless of size, location, or Magnet status; and provides vast online resources including moderated discussion groups, bibliographies, and research reviews.

The Community is divided into four vital knowledge centers:

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Structural Empowerment
  • Exemplary Professional Practice and
  • New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements.

If you are interested in becoming Magnet-recognized, the MLC also provides deeper insight into the application process and guidance to success.


Purchase Manuals & Publications

Find the latest publications to help you implement the Magnet Recognition Program® standards as well as how to apply and submit documents.

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Member Price: $335.00

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