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ANCC Applauds the Launch of Magnet4Europe


Shannon McClendon, 301-628-5391

Keziah Proctor, 301-628-5197

SILVER SPRING, MD – Magnet4Europe is an initiative from the intentional partnership between some of the world’s leading universities led by KU Leuven and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. The initiative will implement an evidence-based intervention based on the successful Magnet Recognition Program®, a voluntary hospital designation for nursing care excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Magnet4Europe is made possible by an award from the European Union Horizon’s 2020 program. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of nurses and physicians and to improve patient safety. Magnet4Europe is expected to launch early this year.

The following statement is attributable to the Vice President of the Magnet Recognition® and Pathway to Excellence® Programs Rebecca Graystone, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC:

“The American Nurses Credentialing Center applauds the launch of Magnet4Europe. We commend efforts on behalf of all stakeholders and organizations involved to improve the mental health and wellbeing of nurses, and to bring lasting positive impacts on a global scale. Studies have shown that nurses who practice in work environments where their health and safety is prioritized deliver the best patient care and improve patient outcomes.

The ANCC Magnet Recognition® Program is world-renowned and rigorous. Magnet Recognition is not an award or a badge of honor. It signifies an organization’s commitment to excellence in health care, which ensures the highest standards of nursing practice and patient care. Through the Magnet Model®, nurses have greater autonomy at the bedside and are empowered to make the right decisions to bring about needed change in the workplace.

ANCC Magnet-recognized organizations now serve as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally. As such, we look forward to the learnings from the Magnet4Europe initiative and what 2020, the Year of the Nurse, has in store for nurses all over the world.”


About the Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet® designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center

The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is to promote excellence in nursing and healthcare globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC internationally recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and accredits transition to practice programs and prepares nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at and follow us on Twitter @anccofficial. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

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