• By Ginger Plumbo

Nursing at Mayo Clinic in Rochester awarded Magnet designation for sixth time

December 18, 2020
Female nurse in blue scrubs with arm raised, reaching for an IV

On Dec. 16, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) notified the Department of Nursing in Rochester that it had achieved its sixth designation as a Magnet Nursing Program by a unanimous vote. Jeanette Ives Erickson, chair of the commission on Magnet Recognition, congratulated the nurses at Mayo Clinic Rochester during a phone call saying, “You should be proud. The work you are doing is incredible.”

Magnet designation is the highest international recognition that a health care organization can attain for nursing excellence and quality patient care. The high standards for earning Magnet status include a culture that focuses on improving patient outcomes, supporting professional autonomy and leadership, and fostering collaborative working relationships among different departments and disciplines.   

As of December 2020, only 8.9% out of approximately 5,000 U.S. hospitals are designated Magnet hospitals. Mayo Clinic is one of only six hospitals in the nation that has achieved Magnet status six times.

“Earning Magnet designation for the sixth time is an extraordinary achievement,” says Ryannon Frederick, chief nursing officer, Mayo Clinic. “It recognizes the professionalism, skills and leadership of Mayo nurses and their vital importance to the organization. Mayo nurses exceed the Magnet standards and I am so pleased that their excellence was captured by the appraiser team. Their track record of dedication in achieving excellent outcomes for our patients demonstrates just how deserving our nurses are of this recognition.

“Congratulations to all of our outstanding nurses,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “Meeting the ANCC’s rigorous evaluation standards and achieving Magnet status for the sixth time underscores the excellence of your work. On behalf of our patients and staff, thank you for your hard work, commitment and dedication.”