UAMC - University Campus Receives Highest Nursing Credential with Magnet® Recognition for the Third Time

UAMC – University Campus was the first hospital in Arizona to earn prestigious Magnet recognition in 2003, and is the only Arizona hospital to win the so-called “Nobel Prize for nursing” three times.

The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus has been re-designated as a Magnet® hospital, the third time it has won the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest national honor for nursing excellence.

UAMC – University Campus was the first hospital in Arizona to earn prestigious Magnet recognition in 2003, and is the only Arizona hospital to win the so-called “Nobel Prize for nursing” three times.

Magnet recognition is held by only 397 hospitals in the United States and is one of the ranking criteria used by U.S. News & World Report in its annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals.”

Vicki BeganThe Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) more than 20 years ago to recognize health-care organizations that provide nursing excellence and to disseminate successful nursing practices and strategies. The lengthy and arduous credentialing process to achieve Magnet distinction is entirely voluntary for hospitals.

“To earn this honor for a third time is a phenomenal tribute to the more than 1,000 registered nurses who work at UAMC – University Campus, and I could not be more proud of them,” said Vicki Began, RN, vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer.  “I also thank each and every employee and physician at UAMC, because our nurses couldn’t do what they do without being part of a bigger health-care team.”

During ANCC’s three-day site visit to UAMC – University Campus in December, three appraisers interviewed more than 100 bedside nurses, physicians, hospital executives, patients and community members to assess the hospital’s nursing services and clinical outcomes. The appraisers reviewed thousands of pages of documents relating to nursing policies and procedures, governance, scheduling, patient care outcomes and quality measurements, said Cindy Rishel, RN, the hospital’s Magnet project director.

ANCC appraisers considered five key components in their assessment:
• Visionary leadership transforming the organization to meet changing needs
• Empowered staff properly prepared to face all challenges
• Competent, dedicated and empowered nurses
• Continued innovation in staff education and clinical practice
• Outcomes-measurement systems in place throughout the entire organization

“Magnet recognition has raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day,” said Karen Mlawsky, CEO of the Hospital Division of the UA Health Network. “It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us achieve Magnet recognition in 2003 and 2008, and it’s why we’re a Magnet hospital today.”

According to the ANCC, Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities:
• Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information
• Lower risk of 30-day mortality
• Higher job satisfaction among nurses
• Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position.

Magnet hospitals are known to be “nurse-friendly,” providing a professional practice environment, collegial nurse-physicians relations and extensive opportunities for education and advancement, according to the ANCC.

About the The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus
UAMC – University Campus is a 487-bed teaching hospital at 5301 N. Campbell Ave. in Tucson. It is the primary teaching hospital for the UA Colleges of Medicine –
Tucson, Nursing and Pharmacy and specializes in heart care, oncology, neurosciences, pediatrics and trauma care. For more than a decade it has been listed among the top hospitals in the United States in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals in America” edition.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Magnet Recognition Program
The Magnet Recognition Program, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes health-care organization that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit