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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.


The Magnet Program Office (MPO) has reviewed and approved health-related professional board certifications accredited by ISO-17024. The expectation is that the professional board certification will relate to how the eligible RN influences and provides care within the inpatient and ambulatory setting. The following is a link To All Directory Listing ( link may not be an exhaustive list. Please contact to seek approval for “other accrediting bodies”. (November 5, 2021)


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

NOTICE February 2021: Empirical Outcome Data Collection Interrupted by COVID-19

NOTICE:  FAQ UPDATE- Q1 and Q2 2020 Data Presentation for EP18EO, EP19EO, EP20EO and EP21EO

NEW!  (December 4, 2020)  Announcing the Scheduled Release of the 2023 Magnet Application Manual®

The 2023 Magnet Application Manual will be released at the 2021 ANCC Pathway to Excellence® and ANCC National Magnet Conference® that will be held in Atlanta, GA, November 11 -13, 2021.
• Organizations submitting documentation in 2023 may write to the 2019 Magnet Application Manual or the 2023 Magnet Application Manual.
• All organizations submitting documentation in 2024 must write to the 2023 Magnet Application Manual.
If an organization requests an extension to move their document submission month into 2024, they will be required to write to the 2023 Magnet Application Manual.
All organizations must submit documentation using ADAM™ or ADAMplus™. Access will be provided to ADAM or ADAMplus for the 2023 Magnet Application Manual in November 2021. For more information, please visit

Event Notice: The ANCC Pathway to Excellence® and ANCC National Magnet Conference® in-person event will take place November 11-13, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. The NCPD Summit will be held as a preconference event as part of the Magnet/Pathway co-located conference. The ANA Policy, Innovation and Advocacy virtual forum is taking place September 14, 2021. View a list of frequently asked questions

Updated June 16, 2021.

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.


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