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Week 3: Taking the Lead: The Magnet Model

In previous weeks, we discussed how your current and future legacy is a meaningful and profound contribution to the quality of health care and to the safety of patients. This week we are discussing the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) Magnet Recognition Program (Magnet), an international credentialing program where nurses appreciate nurses for their nursing achievements. It is the highest recognition for nursing excellence within a health care organization!

Magnet is a guiding framework whereby you and your nursing colleagues are encouraged to intensify your efforts to improve organizational conditions, components, and processes of health care systems to enhance patient safety. The model serves as a road map for organizations seeking nursing excellence in five areas. Click on the following image and read about each of the five areas:

From Magnet, there has emerged a growing understanding of the professional elements that attract and retain nurses. The professional elements are now identified as the “best practices” for successful nurse recruitment and retention. Magnet status is awarded to health care institutions that act as a “magnet” for nurses by offering a work environment that rewards quality nursing services. Magnet health care institutions, in turn, enjoy improved patient outcomes. Think about which of the best practices are, or are not, present in your professional life and your strategies for improvement. Then proceed to the learning objectives for this week.

Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Analyze the impact of Magnet status on health care change
  • Analyze the impact of nurses on the process of health care change
  • Analyze the role of nurses with Magnet
  • Apply research and writing skills to current topics in nursing

Learning Resources


American Nurses Credentialing Center. (n.d.). ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Retrieved September 22, 2015, from…

Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Retrieved from


Martin, D., Godfrey, N., & Walker, M. (2015). The baccalaureate big 5: What Magnet® hospitals should expect from a baccalaureate generalist nurse. Journal of Nursing Administration, 45(3), 121–123.


Tinkham, M. R. (2013). Pursuing magnet designation: The role of structural empowerment. AORN Journal, 97(2), 253—256.

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Laureate Education (Producer). (2009b). Issues and trends in nursing: Professional practice models [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 14 minutes.
In this program, Dr. McClure, one of the original investigators and founders of the Magnet model, and Dr. Drenkard, former Director of the Magnet Recognition Program, discuss the characteristics of Magnet designated hospitals and the nurse’s critical role at these facilities. Dr. McClure shares her original research into the best practices of hospitals that demonstrated quality and a strong workforce and how that evolved into the current Magnet model. Dr. Drenkard also discusses the characteristics of Magnet hospitals that influence the success of this professional practice model. 
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2013, August 6). The future of nursing: Campaign for action [Video file]. Retrieved from

Walden University. (2020c). Section 3: Self-care and self-pacing [Video]. In Online student roundtable discussion. Walden University Blackboard.


Assignment Planning

Document: Academic Writing Expectations (AWE) Checklist, Weeks 4–6 (Word document)
This checklist will help you self-assess your writing to see if it meets academic writing standards for this course.

Walden University. (n.d.-n). Undergraduate writing: Assignment planner. Retrieved from…

Walden University. (n.d.-l). Q. What is a summary? Retrieved September 22, 2015

Library Learning Resources

Walden University (n.d.). Reading research articles. Retireved from…

Walden University (n.d.). Instructional media: Fundamentals of library research. Retireved from…

Walden University. (n.d.-g). Nursing research: Databases: Articles & more. Retrieved September 22, 2015, from

Writing Center Course Resources

Document: Academic Writing Expectations (AWE) Checklist, Weeks 1–3 (Word document)
This checklist will help you self-assess your writing to see if it meets academic writing standards for this course.

Document: 1000 AWE Level Assignment Template (Word Document)

Document: TOP Ten BSN Reference and Citations (Word document)

Walden University. (n.d.-a). ASC success strategies: Critical reading. Retrieved September 22, 2015, from…

Walden University. (n.d.-j). Q. How do I paraphrase? Retrieved September 22, 2015, from…

Walden University. (n.d.-b). ASC success strategies: Reading retention. Retrieved September 22, 2015, from…

Academic Integrity
Please review the Academic Integrity area located on the Course Information page, particularly the Walden SafeAssign Tutorial.

Discussion: Nurses Make the Difference

Health care organizations that adhere to or seek Magnet designation (Magnet hospitals) are exemplars in serving patients. They are recognized as organizations that have high nurse satisfaction and lower rates of nurse shortages. These organizations tend to have higher degrees of nurse involvement at all levels of decision making. Magnet hospitals also have improved patient outcomes.

For this Discussion, you explore how Magnet status contributes to health care change within an institution and the personal contribution nurses make to this process.

To prepare


Post a 2-paragraph response (of at least 350 words) to either Option 1 or Option 2.

Use the writing resources, writing samples, and Discussion Rubric to develop your post. Reflect on your reading from this week, and then address one of the following:

Option 1

Provide an overview of a Magnet facility. Include an explanation of how Magnet status drives health care change in the institution. Develop and post cohesive paragraphs and use evidence to support your ideas. The practice of writing cohesive paragraphs is essential to good writing. Focus each paragraph on one main idea or goal.


Option 2

Describe the personal contribution a nurse might make in the process of seeking or maintaining Magnet designation. Develop and post cohesive paragraphs and use evidence to support your ideas. The practice of writing cohesive paragraphs is essential to good writing. Focus each paragraph on one main idea or goal.


Read two or more of your colleagues’ postings from the Discussion question.

Respond with a comment that asks for clarification from, provides support for, or contributes additional information to two or more of your colleagues.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your classmates made.

Post a discussion entry on 3 different days of the week.


Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
Week 3 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 7

To participate in this Discussion:
Week 3 Discussion

Assignment 1: Impact of Nurses On Health Care Quality

It is important for nurses to stay abreast of current issues and trends in our field. Use this opportunity to develop or enhance your expertise on your chosen topic.

This Assignment introduces you to the Walden Library. The Library is an invaluable resource for discovering nursing and health care–related databases and professional articles. Practice and refine your paraphrasing skills.

To prepare

  • Review the Week 3 Assignment 1 Rubric, provided in the Course Information area.
  • Review the AWE Checklist and Additional Resources for your Assignment:
  • Review the Walden SafeAssign and Academic Integrity Online Tutorial, provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Use the 1000 AWE Level Assignment Template found in the Resources for this week to complete your Assignment.
  • Explore this week’s Writing Resources and Program Success Tools, and specifically:
    • Use Google Scholar to search for articles related to the topic you selected. Link Google Scholar to the Walden Library using the instructions provided.
    • Search for articles related to the topic you selected using the Nursing Databases of the Walden Library.
    • Use the Walden Library to research the impact of nursing on healthcare quality as viewed through the Magnet professional practice model. Select one current (published within the last 5 years) research article on this topic to address. This week’s Library Learning Resources will guide you through your database search.

Article Response Assignment

Write a one-page summary and response to the article that you selected from the Walden Library. A template is provided in the Learning Resources to guide you in formatting your paper.

As you reflect on the findings in your chosen article, consider how the findings compare to your own professional nursing experience with Magnet, or, if you have no personal experience with Magnet, your thoughts concerning Magnet:

  • Paraphrase and integrate information from the article into paper.
  • Include an introduction, body, and a summary (conclusion).
  • Consider factors or principles from the article that hold true for or resonate with you.

Utilize this week’s Writing Center Course Resources to guide you through the process of paraphrasing and referencing evidence from your article. Review the AWE Checklist, Weeks 1–3, to see where you should be concerning your writing abilities. The Week 3 Assignment Rubric will keep you on track. Use Grammarly to check your writing for errors before submitting your Assignment.

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