Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Earns Magnet Nursing Recognition Again


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Earns Prestigious Magnet Recognition for Nursing — Again!


On Monday, Feb. 24, it became official …

For the fourth consecutive time, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab has earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition!

Our organization achieved its first Magnet credential in 2005, and has been continuously recognized ever since. This run of excellence puts us in elite company:

  • Of the more than 6,000 healthcare facilities in the U.S., only 509 are Magnet-accredited.
  • Of those 509, only 96 have been Magnet-accredited four times or more — including leading institutions such as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cleveland Clinic and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
  • This recognition places Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in the top 2 percent of all U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence!

“Thank you to everyone whose hard work at every stage of the credentialing process made Magnet Recognition a reality!” said Karen Colby, RN, vice president and chief nursing officer. “This truly is a testament to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s commitment to nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.”

About Magnet — The Gold Standard for Nursing Excellence


To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a specific range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet reviews a completed appraisal report and votes to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

In particular, the Magnet model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care — including the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position.

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