Magnet® designation is considered the international gold standard of nursing excellence, and Cook Children's Medical Center is now the first freestanding, pediatric hospital in North Texas, and the 10th in the world, to receive this prestigious designation four consecutive times.
With less than 1% of hospitals receiving four consecutive Magnet designations, Cook Children's Medical Center has joined an elite group of health care organizations that are committed to nursing excellence and high quality outcomes. Research shows that Magnet hospitals have lower mortality rates, decreased lengths of stay, increased patient satisfaction and above-average nurse satisfaction and nurse retention.
Our 4th Magnet designation. Why it matters.
Read how it defines the very essence of the nurses here at Cook Children's, and why Magnet recognition is so important to the patients, families and communities we serve.
For fifteen years, Cook Children's Medical Center has been Magnet designated by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Cook Children's Medical Center was first designated in 2006, with subsequent re-designations in January 2011, March 2016, and February 2021.
ANCC is the largest and most prominent nurse credentialing organization in the world, and it developed the Magnet Recognition Program® to recognize organizations who empower nurses to reach their true potential. To nurses, Magnet represents education and professional development through every career stage, which leads to greater autonomy at the bedside. To patients, Magnet signifies the highest quality care.
As a four-time Magnet hospital, Cook Children's Medical Center continues to set the standard for excellence while embracing an inspiring Promise – to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. As Cheryl Petersen, Chief Nursing Officer at Cook Children's, said, "This is what sets Magnet hospitals apart from other hospitals. It is acknowledgment of forward-thinking innovation, research, and high-level training. We are so proud of what our nurses continue to achieve."