Celebration for Magnet

NorthBay Healthcare’s status as a Magnet nursing organization was reaffirmed after earning plaudits from reviewers who extended the much-coveted designation in August.

Only about 6.6 percent of U.S. hospitals earn the distinction, an award given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association. NorthBay’s hospitals satisfied a set of criteria that measure the strength and quality of their nursing.

Sharon Pappas, R.N., Magnet Recognition Program Commission Executive Committee member, said the Commission on Magnet voted unanimously to credential NorthBay Healthcare Group as a Magnet organization.

During the call, Commissioner Pappas cited two exemplars of excellence: Impressive and extensive support for clinical nurse involvement in community outreach, and a robust, multipronged approach to clinical nurse recognition.

“The depth and breadth of engagement and support is exemplary,” she said. “This organization is unique. It goes above and beyond in its message to celebrate the value of nursing. You are a national role model for nursing excellence.”

It was the second time the credentialing center cited the nursing staff for excellent patient outcomes, where nurses have a high level of job satisfaction, and where there is a low staff nurse turnover rate. Its initial designation came in 2014. It was an accomplishment so big — and was made possible by so many — that it warranted another celebration and some surprise awards, according to Traci Duncan, vice president and chief nursing officer. And, that’s exactly what occurred on Oct. 17, during a special celebration held at the VacaValley Wellness Center.

“We needed to pause and acknowledge this accomplishment that we achieved a second time, and to thank everyone in the organization for helping us earn it again. It’s a gold standard and it illustrates our commitment to who we are and what we stand for,” Traci told those at the gathering.