MedStar Franklin Square to Host “Journey to Magnet® Excellence” Workshop, Encourages Peers to Commit to Quality Nursing Practice

Recognized for its adherence to Magnet® national standards, MedStar Franklin Square is encouraging its peers to commit to excellence in nursing.

March 5, 2014

quality nursingBaltimore—(March 5, 2014)—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, a Magnet® designated hospital, will host the “Journey to Magnet® Excellence” workshop on Wednesday, June 18 to Friday, June 20, 2014. Recognized for its quality of nursing practice and adherence to national standards, MedStar Franklin Square is encouraging its peers to commit to excellence in nursing, exemplified by Magnet® recognition.

Produced by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Credentialing Knowledge Center™, the Journey to Magnet® Excellence” workshop will help organizations better understand how to achieve Magnet recognition. This two-day workshop will guide participants through the basics of the Magnet® journey. Using material from the new 2014 Magnet® Application Manual, participants will:

• Examine the application process for Magnet® designation
• Explore the Magnet® Model, including the structure, purpose and evolution
• Identify the five components of the Model, as they relate to professional nursing practice
• Develop tips for effective written documentation and data display
• Understand the role of critical thinking, creativity and innovation in transforming nursing practice
• Earn up to 21.25 contact hours for successfully completing this Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activity

The ANCC Magnet® Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Applicant hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes written documentation of numerous areas of nursing practice excellence, as well as extensive interviews and on-site review of nursing services. It is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

Initially designated in 2008, MedStar Franklin Square joined an elite group of only five percent of U.S. hospitals and the third in Maryland to achieve Magnet® designation by the Magnet® Recognition Program. In July 2013, MedStar Franklin Square became the first community teaching hospital in Maryland to earn redesignation. Today, only 401 hospitals in the U.S. are Magnet® designated.

“It is an honor to be one of the few recipients of the nation’s most coveted nursing award,” said Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, FACHE, senior vice president for operations and chief nursing officer at MedStar Franklin Square. “We encourage nurses everywhere, not just at MedStar Franklin Square, to embody the same dedication we have to nursing excellence. It is a privilege that patients put their care in our hands, it is our duty to hold our practice accountable to the highest national standards.”

About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit for more information.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center

The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. It recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes, while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. It also offers educational materials to support nurses and organizations as they work toward their credentials.

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