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 Institute for Nursing Excellence, 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 eleven hospitals within the Cleveland Clinic health system have also achieved Magnet® Status:

Fairview Hospital achieved its designation in 2009, Cleveland Clinic Akron General in 2013, Hillcrest Hospital in 2014, South Pointe Hospital in 2017, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in 2019, Marymount Hospital and Lutheran Hospital in 2021, Euclid Hospital and Avon Hospital in 2022, Medina Hospital in 2023 and Weston Hospital in 2024.

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®

What does Journey to Magnet Excellence® designation mean?

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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.

Journey to Pathway to Excellence®

Journey to Pathway to Excellence®

The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Journey to 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 is on the Journey to Pathway to Excellence®:

What does Journey to Pathway to Excellence® designation mean?

Pathway to Excellence®

A Journey to 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 Journey to 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 Journey to Pathway to Excellence® designation?

An organization earns the Journey to 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.

Practice Transition Accreditation Program

Practice Transition Accreditation Program

Residency programs are structured, extensive training periods designed for registered nurses (RNs) as they transition into their first nursing job. They help to develop the knowledge, skills, abilities and clinical judgment necessary to provide safe, high-quality care in their specialized field.

Cleveland Clinic’s Nurse Residency Program is proud to be accredited as a Practice Transition Program (PTAP) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. The  American Nurses Credentialing Center is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association and the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States.

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How Cleveland Clinic achieved accreditation

Northeast Ohio hospitals achieved accreditation in 2020 with clinical tracks supporting nurses in medical-surgical, critical care, emergency department, and behavioral health. Cleveland Clinic Florida (2021) and Cleveland Clinic Akron General (2022) followed, with clinical tracks supporting nurses in the medical-surgical, critical care, and emergency care settings.

These sites achieved re-accreditation in 2024, expanding to include clinical tracks in obstetric care, pediatric care, neonatal intensive care, home health, and hospice care.

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Indian River, Mercy, Union and Lodi are on the journey to Nurse Residency Program accreditation.

What does it take to achieve residency accreditation?

Research has identified several key factors that support new graduate nurses’ transition to practice. These factors include comprehensive orientation programs, preceptorship and mentorship opportunities, ongoing education, and a supportive work environment. These elements are crucial in helping new graduate nurses build confidence, competence, and a sense of belonging in their new roles.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center evaluates Practice Transition Programs to adherence to standards in five domains: program leadership, quality outcomes, organizational enculturation, development and design, and practice-based learning.

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process where hospitals are evaluated against 64 evidence-based standards. It requires an organization’s commitment to professional development and continuous improvement. The rigor of these evidence-based accreditation standards increases every four years, ensuring that healthcare organizations continually enhance their practices and maintain high standards of care.

Achieving accreditation validates that the Cleveland Clinic Nurse Residency Program meets global standards of excellence.

National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

The National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education certification is a prestigious recognition awarded to nursing schools, healthcare organizations and other educational institutions that demonstrate excellence in specific areas of nursing education. The COE designation acknowledges and promotes exceptional teaching, research and leadership in nursing education.

Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Nursing Education and Professional Development has been designated as a Center of Excellence, reflecting the organization’s commitment to quality education and continuous improvement in the field of nursing education.

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Healthcare simulation education is the bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience. It provides nurses, providers, and other healthcare workers with a realistic, safe, and controlled environment to learn and practice clinical skills, teamwork, and communication. 

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs is considered the gold standard in healthcare simulation. It signifies an organization's commitment to excellence and that they meet all seven core standards and one or more functional area. The core standards are:

  • Mission & Governance
  • Program Management
  • Resource Management
  • Human Resources
  • Program Improvement
  • Integrity
  • Expanding the Field

Accredited simulation centers may also apply for recognition in additional, functional areas of simulation. These areas include:

  • Assessment
  • Research
  • Teaching/Education
  • Systems Integration
  • Fellowship

Cleveland Clinic's Simulation and Advanced Skills Center achieved initial SSH Accreditation in 2015. The Center maintains accreditation recognized not only for the Core Standards, but for all five functional areas, an accomplishment less than 3% of healthcare organizations world-wide have achieved.