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Cohen Children's Medical Center Receives 2020 ANCC Magnet Prize®

SILVER SPRING, MD —The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is proud to announce that Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY, is the recipient of the 2020 ANCC Magnet Prize®, sponsored by Cerner Corporation, a global health platform and innovation company. The recipients were recognized during the 2021 ANCC National Awards Virtual Event on May 14, 2021. A recording of the broadcast is available to view here.

The ANCC Magnet Prize®, sponsored by Cerner, honors innovative nursing programs and practices in ANCC Magnet® designated organizations. Cerner supports these programs and practices by sponsoring the $75,000 purse attached to the Prize. Cohen Children's Medical Center is using the prize to further develop its winning proposal: BEE MINDFUL™ – A Program for Children with Special Needs – Creating a Safe Haven Across the Continuum of Care.

The BEE MINDFUL™ Program was designed to meet the needs of children with special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and behavioral/sensory issues. The Program is comprised of a validated assessment and intervention tool, a visual symbol, education, and a coordination of care model. This nurse led interprofessional initiative empowers individuals with special needs and their families to guide the personalization of care through the universal voice of the BEE MINDFUL symbol and associated Program to ensure continuity of care. Prior to BEE MINDFUL Program, Cohen Children's had no standardized protocol to care for children with special needs. The Pediatric Neurobehavioral Assessment tool (PNAT) is a unique, nurse centric tool that is completed upon arrival and drives subsequent care. It is a content expert validated tool that partners the patient and family with nursing to individualize care. This unique PNAT assessment tool fulfills the gap or absence of a national standard assessment and intervention tool available for use with this population. The tool allows for a universal communication among caregivers and facilities. The distinctive BEE MINDFUL symbol is displayed at the entrance of the organization and other key locations to act as a “fast pass” to allow families to bypass lines and receive immediate support. The symbol is also displayed outside the patients’ rooms, providing situational awareness to all team members before entering the child’s safe space to prevent potential triggers or events.

Prior to the BEE MINDFUL™ Program, the Average Length of Stay (ALOS) for special needs pediatric patients based on identified ICD-10 codes at the organization was 4.5 days, greater than the national average of 3.5. After the first year of implementation, special needs pediatric patient ALOS decreased to 2.3 days and was sustained for two years. This decrease yielded a savings of $1.5M annually. Most importantly, since inception of the program, patient experience and satisfaction scores improved post initiation. Pre-implementation, data for the survey question, “Staff addressing personal issues?” was at 86%. Post-implementation it was 90.3%, representing a 4.3% increase. In 2018, the question “Nurses listen carefully to your child?” was utilized and continued improvement was seen, with a 5.4% increase, which is above the national database benchmark.

The BEE MINDFUL Program has shown sustainability, successfully spreading to five institutions and multiple ambulatory settings within the organization over three years. In addition, this nurse centric interprofessional program was designed to be translatable to adult care settings and was successfully implemented in an adult emergency department. The next phase is to expand beyond the organizational footprint for implementation on a national scale.


About ANCC
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 internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC 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 that prepare nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at and follow us on Twitter. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

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 the 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 Cerner
Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,500 contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit Cerner.comThe Cerner Blog or connect on FacebookInstagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or The Cerner Podcast. Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You.

About the ANCC Magnet Prize
The ANCC Board of Directors established the Magnet Prize to encourage the pursuit of excellence. The prize recognizes organizations with unique programs where innovative action transforms nursing practice. The interventions and outcomes benefit the nursing profession as a whole and have direct impact on patients in various settings. This award serves as a means for acknowledging peak performance within credentialed Magnet organizations and is the highest honor ANCC bestows within the Magnet community. Cerner has sponsored the award since 2007.

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