Magnet® Status Hospital Recognition

Magnet® Status Hospital Recognition

The American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association and the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States, established Magnet® recognition in 1994. Research has shown that patient care outcomes are better at Magnet® hospitals, where there is an environment that empowers nurses, values their contributions and supports nursing leadership. Magnet® status is awarded for a four-year period, after which hospitals must apply again for the recognition.

Who We Are (Cleveland Clinic Main Campus)

Cleveland Clinic main campus has been recognized as a Magnet® organization since 2003. Cleveland Clinic main campus is a 1400-bed quaternary referral hospital located in Northeast Ohio. It includes 19 family health centers as well as 3 free-standing emergency departments. Main campus not only serves the needs of Northeast Ohio,  but the needs of patients from over 185 countries. We offer 100+ specialties including heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, and bone marrow transplantation as well as a children’s rehabilitation hospital.  As part of the Stanley Zielony Nursing Institute,  our nurses support the institutes mission, vision and values, while utilizing the Zielony Professional Practice Model, to meet the needs of our patient population.  

Additionally, these five hospitals within the Cleveland Clinic health system have also achieved Magnet® Status:

With Fairview Hospital achieving designation in 2009, Akron General in 2013, Hillcrest Hospital in 2014, South Pointe Hospital in 2017, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in 2019. In order to accomplish this, each hospital underwent extensive reviews and systematic evaluations of its nursing practice by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

This involved the review of hundreds of pages of documentation, and a four to five-day site visit by ANCC professionals who evaluated Cleveland Clinic against more than 65 stringent quantitative and qualitative standards that epitomize excellence in nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care delivery. Cleveland Clinic must continue to pass bi-annual reviews as part of its four-year designation.

What Does it Take to Achieve Magnet® Status?


Magnet® hospitals exemplify the 14 forces of magnetism established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center by demonstrating:

  • A high-quality care environment
  • Clinical autonomy and responsibility
  • Participatory decision-making
  • Strong nurse leaders
  • Two-way communication with staff
  • Community involvement
  • Opportunity and encouragement for professional development
  • Effective use of staff and resources
  • High levels of job satisfaction (directly affects patient satisfaction)
  • Attention to cultural and ethnic diversity

Magnet® Status is the highest national recognition awarded to a hospital or medical center for excellence in nursing. It is accepted nationally as the gold standard of patient care and provides healthcare consumers with a benchmark to measure quality of nursing care.

What Does Magnet® Status Mean?

The Difference in Being a Magnet® Hospital Independent research shows that Magnet® facilities consistently outperform non-Magnet® facilities by demonstrating:

For Patients

  • Lower mortality rates
  • Shorter lengths of stay
  • Increased stability in care and positive outcomes
  • Increased satisfaction and confidence levels

For Nurses

  • Higher rates of job satisfaction
  • More appropriate RN mix
  • Better delivery of quality care
  • Autonomy in clinical practice
  • Lower incidence of needlestick injury

For Hospitals

  • Increased retention and recruitment of nurses
  • Collaborative work environment
  • Lower rates of staff nurse turnover
  • Increased attraction of high-caliber nurses, physicians and specialists
Journey to Magnet Excellence®

Journey to Magnet Excellence®

The following hospitals within the Cleveland Clinic health system are on the Journey to Magnet Excellence®:

What Does Journey to Magnet Excellence® Designation Mean?

Journey to Magnet Excellence Logo

Hospitals seeking to create and sustain a culture of excellence may embark on the Journey to Magnet Excellence®. The process involves a self-assessment of the organization’s performance against the Magnet® sources of evidence. During the process between self-assessment and site visit, the hospital has an opportunity to transform and embed their culture with the principles of nursing excellence.

What Does it Take to Achieve Journey to Magnet Excellence® Designation?

To achieve initial Magnet® recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet® will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

Pathway to Excellence®

Pathway to Excellence®

The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence® designation is earned by healthcare organizations that create work environments where nurses can excel in their practice. The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses and identifies best places to work.

The following hospitals within the Cleveland Clinic health system are on the Pathway to Excellence®:

What Does Pathway to Excellence® Designation Mean?

Pathway to Excellence®

A Pathway to Excellence® designated organization is committed to nurses and to what nurses identify as a match with their values and contributions toward the overall pursuit of safe, quality patient care. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working in a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization know that their efforts are supported and invite other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.

What Does it Take to Achieve Pathway to Excellence® Designation?

An organization earns the Pathway to Excellence® designation through a review process where it fully documents that the Practice Standards of the ideal practice environment are present in the organization's practices, policies, and culture. The Practice Standards are based upon expert nurse input and nursing literature that supports the qualities of a positive practice environment. After successful document review, nurses in the organization verify the presence of the Practice Standards in the organization through participation in a confidential online survey.

National Appointments & Representation

National Appointments & Representation

Cleveland Clinic nurses have a well-deserved national reputation for being leaders in their profession. Many of its nurses serve in leadership roles at a variety of professional organizations that are committed to furthering the profession.

Dr. Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM

Dr. Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, Senior Director, Nursing Research & Innovations

Professional Organization Volunteerism

  • American Association of Critical-care Nurses
    • Member, CCNS Exam Development Committee, February – September, 2012
  • American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
    • Chair, Certification Board (AAHFN-CB), 2011-2014
  • American College of Cardiology – Cardiac Care Associate.
    • Co-Chair, Cardiovascular Team Section, Practice, Outcomes & Research Working Group; September 2010-March 2013.
    • Member, ACCF/AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines, April 2010-March 2013
    • Member, ACCF/AHA Task Force on Performance Measures, April 2012-March 2015
  • American Heart Association
    • Member, Executive Database Steering Committee; July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013.
    • Member, Professional Education Committee; December 1, 2010-June 30, 2012; July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013.
    • Member, Consumer Health & Quality Coordinating Committee, – Liaison from the Professional
    • Education Committee, July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013.
    • Member, The Guideline Advantage Steering Committee; November 1, 2010-October 1, 2012; October 1, 2012-September 30, 2014.
    • Member, Get With The Guidelines, Heart Failure Clinical Work Group; July 2010-June 30, 2011;
    • Reappointed in July 2011-June 30, 2012; reappointed July 2012-June 30, 2013
    • QCOR Program Committee for AHA’s Scientific Sessions, July 1, 2010-November 30, 2013.
  • Heart Failure Society of America:
    • Executive Board member, September, 2012-2015
    • Guidelines/Clinical Positions Committee member, 2008-2012.
    • Nominating Committee member, Sept 2009-2012..
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
    • Chair, Research in Practice thru Academic-Clinical Partnership Section; 2012
  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists:
    • Chair, Research Committee; 2010-2013
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
    • Member, Research Committee, 2010-2014
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
    • Member, Technical Expert Panel (TEP): Heart Care; Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality(OFMQ); September 2012-September 2014.
  • The Joint Commission.
    • Member, Advanced Certification for Heart Failure Technical Advisory Panel; March 2011 to present.

Editorial Boards

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist; Associate Editor; appointed March 2008
  • Heart & Lung; Editorial board; appointed May 2009
  • Journal of Cardiac Failure; Editorial board; appointed January 2011
  • Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing; Editorial board; appointed January 2000

Journal Reviewer

  • American Heart Journal, since 2004
  • American Journal of Critical Care, since 2006
  • Applied Nursing Research, since 2001
  • British Medical Journal, since 2004
  • Critical Care Nurse; since 2003
  • Circulation-Heart Failure, since 2009
  • Congestive Heart Failure, since 2010
  • European Journal of Heart Failure, since 2005
  • European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, since 2006
  • Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), since 2009
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), since 2011
  • Journal of General Internal Medicine, since 2010

Kathleen Burns, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN

Kathleen Burns, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Stroke Program Manager, Medina Hospital

  • Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
    • National Health and Safety Committee member, 2010-present
    • Editor, Health and Safety Newsletter, 2012
    • Publication and Medical subcommittee member for Health and Safety Committee, 2010-present
    • Chief Medical Officer for Nursing, 2010 and 2013 National Boy Scout Jamborees

Audrey Godoy, MSN, CNP

Audrey Godoy, MSN, CNP, Nurse Practitioner

  • Philippine Nurses Association of Ohio, President 2010-2012
  • Philippine Nurses Association of America
    • Co-Chair for the APN Forum

Kenneth A. Gorski, RN, RCIS, RCSA, FSICP

Kenneth A. Gorski, RN, RCIS, RCSA, FSICP, Assistant Manager, Cardiovascular Laboratories

  • The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals
    • Board of Directors
    • Co-Chair, Professional Standards Committee

Kathleen Hill, MSN, RN, CCNS

Kathleen Hill, MSN, RN, CCNS, Surgical Intensive Care Unit

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
    • Evidence Based Practice Resources Work Group
    • CCNS Exam Development Committee
    • CNS Scope and Standards Task Force

Barbara J. Hocevar, RN, CWOCN

Barbara J. Hocevar, RN, CWOCN, Wound Ostomy

  • Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
    • Ostomy Section Editor
  • Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society


Deborah Klein MSN, RN, APRN-BC, CCRN, CHFN, FAHA,Clinical Nurse Specialist, Coronary ICU, Heart Failure ICU, and Cardiac Short Stay/PACU

  • American Heart Association
    • Member, Planning Committee for Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium
  • American Association Critical-Care Nurses
    • Member, Advanced Practice Qualitative Continuing Education Review Panel
  • Critical Care Nurse
    • Contributing Editor, Cardiovascular Medicine

Meredith Lahl, MSN, PCNS-BC, PNP-BC, CPON

Meredith Lahl, MSN, PCNS-BC, PNP-BC, CPON, Senior Director Advanced Practice Nursing, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
    • Member, Nominating Committee American Association Critical-Care Nurses
    • Member, 2013 National Conference Planning Committee
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
    • Member, Content Expert Panel for Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Exam
    • Vice Chair, Content Expert Panel for Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Exam

Joan Mitchell, MSN, RN

Joan Mitchell, MSN, RN, Education Nurse Specialist

  • Editorial Review Panel, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 2000-present

Lynda N. Newman, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNN

Lynda N. Newman, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Transplant and GI

  • Nephrology Nursing Journal-Manuscript reviewer

Denese Sabatino, MSN, ARNP, NP-C, CCRN

Denese Sabatino, MSN, ARNP, NP-C, CCRN, Nurse Practitioner, Department of Critical Care Medicine

  • Board of Advisory for Foundation for the Advancement of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
  • American Heart Association
    • Regional Affiliate Faculty Member in the discipline of Advance Cardiac Life Support

Kathleen Singleton, RN, MSN, CNS, CMSRN

Kathleen Singleton, RN, MSN, CNS, CMSRN, Fairview Hospital

  • Past President, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses

Claudia Straub, MSN, RN, BC, CNS

Claudia Straub, MSN, RN, BC, CNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Content Expert Registry for the Nursing Professional Development Examination

Cheryl Switzer, MSN, RN, CPNP, CDE

Cheryl Switzer, MSN, RN, CPNP, CDE, Cleveland Clinic Children's

  • Treasurer, Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society (4th term)

Laura Smolenak, RN CBN

Laura Smolenak, RN CBN, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute

  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
    • Accreditation Committee

Dr. Sandra L. Siedlecki, PhD, RN, CNS

Dr. Sandra L. Siedlecki, PhD, RN, CNS, Senior Nurse Scientist, Nursing Research & Innovation

Professional Organization Volunteerism

  • Sigma Theta Tau International 1987 – 2013
    • Collateral Reviewer Sigma Theta Tau International 2006 – 2013
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society Member 2005 – 2013
    • MNRS Liaison for Cleveland Clinic Health System Hospitals 2007 – 2013
    • MNRS grants Committee (2-year appointment) 2012 - 2014
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (Abstract Reviewer) 2010 – 2013

Editorial Reviewer

  • Journal of Interprofessional Care
  • Behavioral Health Services & Research
  • Psychology of Music Journal (since 2012)
  • Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association (since 2012)
  • Journal of the Society of Integrated Oncology (since 2011)
  • Journal of Depression and Anxiety (since 2007)
  • Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association (since 2009)
  • Worldviews on Evidence-Based Practice (since 2006)
  • Journal of Nursing Scholarship (since 2007)
  • Journal of Applied Research, Therapeutic Solutions (since 2007)
  • Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research (since 2007)
  • Journal of Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice (since 2007)
  • Journal of Advanced Nursing (since 2006)
  • Open Nursing Journal, Reviewer and Editorial Board Member (since 2007)

Dr. Jeanne Sorrell, PhD, RN

Dr. Jeanne Sorrell, PhD, RN, Senior Nurse Scientist, Nursing Research & Innovation

  • Department Editor, Aging Matters, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 2005 – present
  • Editorial Review Board,  Ethics Department Editor, On-line Journal of Issues in Nursing, 2000 - present
  • Collateral Reviewer, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2001 – present
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Program Evaluator, 2000 – present
  • Editorial Review Board, Nursing Research, 2002 - present
  • Editorial Review Board, Advances in Nursing Science, 1993 – present
  • Manuscript Reviewer. Research in Nursing and Health, 2004 – present

Dr. Marianela Zytkowski, DNP, RN

Dr. Marianela Zytkowski, DNP, RN, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing Informatics

  • Mosby/Elsevier Nursing Advisory Board
  • Healthcare Information Management System Society – Nursing Informatics Committee