Every physician can think of a time — probably many — when a nurse has saved the day. And indeed ample research shows that programs that foster a culture of excellent nursing have sweeping impacts throughout health care organizations. Hospitals participating in these initiatives see higher nurse satisfaction and retention, improved patient experience and safety, decreased mortality, increased revenues, and many other benefits. Our research adds to this body of work, showing a positive association between nursing excellence and physicians’ performance.

Before we discuss these findings, let’s look at one of the most rigorous and effective of these nursing-excellence initiatives, the Magnet Recognition Program, developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses’ Association. Our research focused specifically on hospitals that have achieved “Magnet” designation.

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