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ANCC's prestigious recognition programs for healthcare organizations are now accepting international applications.

Healthcare organizations around the world are searching for ways to improve patient care and quality. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) recognition programs for nursing excellence offer proven strategies to reach these goals.

For hospitals located outside of the United States, ANCC offers additional support and resources to assist you in pursuing Magnet Recognition or Pathway designation.

Magnet Recognition Program®
The gold standard in recognizing nursing excellence

Educational Requirements and Validation of Credentials
International applicants for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's, Magnet Recognition Program®  must demonstrate that nurses meet eligibility requirements for academic preparation and licensure.

The following eligibility requirements apply for those organization apply for the Magnet Recognition Program®.

Chief Nursing Officer
Effective 2003, the CNO must hold at a minimum, a master's degree at the time of application. If the master's degree is not in nursing then either a baccalaureate degree or doctoral degree must be in nursing. The requirement must be maintained throughout the application phase, review phase, and designation as a Magnet organization. Appointees as interim CNOs must also comply with this requirement.

Nurse Managers
A Registered Nurse with 24/7 accountability for the overall supervision of all Registered Nurses and other healthcare providers in an inpatient or outpatient area. The Nurse Manager is typically responsible for recruitment and retention, performance review, and professional development; involved in the budget formulation and quality outcomes; and helps to plan for, organize and lead the delivery of nursing care for a designated patient care area.

  • Effective 1/1/2013 (at time of application) – 100% Nurse Managers must have a degree in nursing (baccalaureate or graduate degree)

Nurse Leaders

  • Nurse leaders must have a degree in nursing (bachelor's or higher).
  • Nurse leader is not a title and should not be interpreted as such for the purpose of the written documentation.
  • The definition of nurse leader is exclusive of the chief nursing officer (CNO).
  • Nurse educators who serve in the top educator role and are responsible for other nurse educators are considered nurse leaders.
  • Nurse leaders may have clinical oversight and responsibility for nurse managers or for other nurses who influence clinical care.
  • Nurses may be represented on only one eligibility table—either the Nurse Manager or Nurse Leader Eligibility Table.
    • Only nurse leaders annotated on the Nurse Leader Eligibility Table may be selected when a nurse leader example is required by the SOE.
    • Note: For applicants with flat organizational structures without nurse managers, the nurse leader may be substituted for nurse manager SOE examples.
  • Nurse leaders may report directly or indirectly to the CNO.
  • Nurse leaders practice (clinical and nonclinical) in a variety of settings (inpatient, ambulatory, or other environments) throughout the organization.
  • Other registered nurses who may broadly influence or impact the clinical practice of nurses in the organization may be considered a nurse leader. If these nurses are referenced as nurse leaders in the organization's Magnet® application, they must meet the educational criteria (bachelor's in nursing or higher) and report directly or indirectly to the CNO. Examples may include, but are not limited to, RN director of risk management or quality, RN director of nursing informatics, infection preventionists, and wound ostomy nurses.
  • Effective 1/1/2013 (at time of application) – 100% of nurse leaders must have a degree in nursing (baccalaureate or graduate degree)

To validate international credentials, applicants must present verification from CGFNS International.
ANCC will not accept verification documents from other credential evaluating organizations.

International Interpretation of Selected Sources of Evidence [pdf] 
See more information about SE3EO (formal education), EP3EO (Nurse Satisfaction), EP22EO (Clinical Indicators), and EP23EO (Patient Satisfaction).
[Last updated 9/11/2017]

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has successfully achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification for all of its credentialing programs.

Overview of the Magnet International Program

Magnet Recognized BadgeThe American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program is an international organizational credential that recognizes nursing excellence in healthcare organizations.

The Magnet Recognition Program is based on research that shows that creating a positive professional practice environment for nurses leads to improved outcomes – for staff and for patients. The standards for obtaining Magnet Recognition are based on the research and include requirements for visionary leadership, nursing structure, professional practice, quality improvement, nursing research and outcomes. Quality and safety standards are included in the requirements. The nurses' role in improving care is emphasized.

An organization applies for Magnet recognition through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and any size organization can apply. The benefits of Magnet include improved retention of nurses, improved clinical outcomes, evidence-based practice, and improved satisfaction.

The process for obtaining Magnet includes submitting written documentation to ANCC addressing the required elements. The written documents must be in English. These documents are reviewed, and a site visit occurs to validate the documents. We will work with the organizations if interpretation is needed for the site visit.

ANCC is now accepting international applications for organizations to become Magnet recognized.

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