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Nursing Excellence

Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Magnet program recognizes health care organizations that provide the best in nursing care based on quality indicators and nursing practice standards. Only an elite group of approximately 500 hospitals nationally have earned Magnet status, a testament to the level of care Beaumont’s nurses and clinical care teams provide.

Achieving Magnet recognition from the ANCC is more than earning an award or badge of honor. Studies in peer-reviewed journals have affirmed that Magnet hospitals are able to recruit and retain first-rate nurses, and achieve superior performance and clinical outcomes.

Beaumont, Royal Oak became the State of Michigan’s first Magnet-designated hospital in 2004. Since then, Beaumont, Grosse Pointe and Beaumont, Troy have earned Magnet-designation; there are only 12 Magnet hospitals in our entire state.

Beaumont Magnet Status

Beaumont’s Magnet-designated hospitals:

• Beaumont, Grosse Pointe, designated in 2018

• Beaumont, Royal Oak, designated in 2004 and re-designated in 2008, 2014 and 2018

• Beaumont, Troy, designated in 2009 and re-designated in 2014 and 2019


Aaron Gillingham Beyound the applause: Magnet is a great
 investment for patients and nurses

 Aaron Gillingham
 SVP & CHRO, Beaumont Health


  • Magnet hospitals have significantly lower rates of mortality and failure-to-rescue than those cared for in non-Magnet facilities.

  • Surgical patients in Magnet hospitals had a 14% lower rate of inpatient death within 30 days and a 12% lower rate of failure-to-rescue compared with patients cared for in non-Magnet® hospitals.[1]

Researchers have also found that Magnet hospitals have:

✔ Lower mortality rates

Lower failure-to-rescue rates

✔ Lower patient fall rates

✔ Lower nosocomial infections

✔ Lower hospital-acquired pressure ulcer rates

✔ Lower central line-associated bloodstream infection rates

Higher adoption of National Quality Forum safe practices

✔ Higher support for evidence-based practice implementation

✔ Higher patient ratings of their hospital experience


[1] Sources include: “Nurse Outcomes in Magnet® and Non-Magnet Hospitals,” Kelly, McHugh, Aiken, Journal of Nursing Administration. 2012 Jan;42(1):33. “Lower Mortality in Magnet Hospitals,” McHugh, Kelly, Smith, Wu, Vanak, Aiken. Med Care. 2013 May;51(5):382-8.


To earn and keep Magnet recognition, Beaumont has to meet rigorous requirements and provide substantial proof that a healthy work environment exists where nurses have autonomy, are accountable for their actions, have the authority to make important decisions and can readily serve as patient advocates.

Beaumont nurses are involved in decision making through Professional Nurse Councils:

  • by investigating, developing, implementing and evaluating standards of practice and care
  • in tracking and analyzing nurse satisfaction or engagement data
  • in staffing, scheduling and budgeting processes and action plans related to recruitment and retention
  • by providing nursing leaders with input about improving the work environment and patient care
  • by advocating for fiscal and technology resources to support unit, department, facility goals
  • by being involved in structures and processes that enable nurses from all settings and roles to actively participate in organizational decision - making groups (committees, councils, task forces)
  • by getting involved in professional nursing organizations at local, state and national levels
  • by participating in continuing education programs and career development opportunities
  • by participating in a professional practice model that nurses develop, apply, evaluate and adapt as well as modify in the course of their work
  • in leadership development, performance management, mentoring, succession planning

Beaumont is committed to excellence in nursing, and has launched several programs to support nursing staff:

  • Beaumont Clinical Ladder Program rewards nurses financially for pursing professional growth
  • Success Pays assists nurses in achieving certification with no out-of-pocket costs
  • Shared Governance promotes shared decision-making and accountability. Its aim is to create an environment where nurses and patient care providers can say: “I have an opportunity to make my voice heard in decisions that affect me relating to clinical”

Magnet hospitals had significantly better work environments; nurses are less likely to be dissatisfied with their job and less likely to report high burnout. Magnet hospitals have significantly higher proportions of BSN-educated nurses, and higher proportions of specialty-certified nurses.

Magnet also helps with nurse recruitment and retention by:

✔ Boosting job satisfaction

✔ Lowering dissatisfaction and burnout

✔ Lowering turnover