Avera McKennan was recently re-designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing services. The Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care, a bar the hospital wanted to reach 9 years ago and did.
In 2001 Avera McKennan's nursing services received national recognition for excellence in nursing and patient care. At the time they were the 36th hospital to earn Magnet status. They were re-designated in 2005 and yet again in 2009. It's a rare feat to earn this honor three consecutive times.
Judy Blauwet, Chief Nursing Officer & Senior Vice President of Patient Care for Avera McKennan says, "We are less than 1 % of hospitals across the country to achieve this designation for the third time. In the country there are 359 hospitals that have the Magnet designation, we are less than 1% that have done it 3 times and that's what's so awesome about it."
Laura Reurink is a registered nurse in Infection Control and she is chair of Avera McKennan's Nurse Governance Council. She says, "We are the most trusted profession in the U.S. according to the Gallop poll. We owe folks the best care we can give them and this validates we are the best there is and that your patient is safe with us. You mother is going to be safe with us."
Reurink says getting the Magnet recognition can be compared to getting the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval which is important for the savvy patient looking for evidence that they will get top notch care here.
Reurink says, "Here's the nursing care provided for you. It's the best of the best, state-of-the art and who is with the patient more than a nurse? We are here 24/7. We're here available all the time. I know what you looked like when you came in, I know what you looked like 10 minutes later, 20 minutes later and I can intervene. The science helps me understand what I need to do to take care of you and make interventions that could potentially save your life."
When they say at Avera McKennan they are caring for life, they mean it and they have the credentials to prove it.
Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation and members who are awarded Magnet status must continue to maintain rigorous standards as part of their 4-year designation.