At Cook Children's, our nurses are focused on one thing: patient and family-centered care. In order to give children the highest level of care possible, we include the entire family. Research shows that family involvement helps children recover more quickly from illness. Our nurses always include parents as partners in their child's care. Cook Children's nurses also value:
- Respect for individuality and diversity.
- Combining the art of caring with the science of nursing.
- Collaboration with the health care team.
- Maintaining a safe environment.
- Providing the highest quality of care and patient satisfaction.
Cook Children's nurses have years of clinical experience, advanced certifications and degrees and actively pursue research opportunities. Our nurses continually strive to improve the quality of care and safety for the patients and families we serve. This depth of training, education and experience means you can trust that your child will be cared for by confident and compassionate nurses who go above and beyond every day.
It is through these shared values and this strong commitment to patient care, that Cook Children's nurses have achieved Magnet status, the highest recognition for nursing excellence.
Nurses at Cook Children's are at the forefront of pediatric health care, constantly seeking better ways to provide advanced medical treatments and deliver the highest standards in safety and quality care. Our nurses continually pursue knowledge, often earning masters and doctoral degrees along the way. Many are also actively involved in research in a variety of fields.
Although Cook Children's is not a traditional "academic" medical center, we are fortunate to have a strong research structure. Cook Children's Promise is to improve the health of every child in our region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. An important part of this Promise is to provide the highest quality of care and safety built upon evidence from clinical and health services research.
The Magnet award is one of the most coveted and prestigious honors a hospital and nursing staff can achieve. It is given by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. ANCC developed the Magnet program to recognize health care organizations that give the very best in nursing care and uphold traditions within the nursing profession.
Cook Children’s Medical Center is proud to have achieved its fourth Magnet designation from the American Nursing Credentialing Center, becoming the first freestanding children’s hospital in North Texas and the 10th in the world to receive this esteemed recognition four times in a row. We became a Magnet-designated organization in 2006 and were re-designated in 2011, 2016 and 2021. This recognition of quality patient care and nursing excellence has been achieved by fewer than one percent of hospitals.
The Magnet Recognition Program is the gold standard in nursing excellence and validation of high quality patient outcomes. Research shows Magnet hospitals have increased patient satisfaction, decreased length of hospitalizations, and lower mortality rates, as well as above average nurse-satisfaction and retention rates.
A Magnet-recognized hospital is one where nurses:
- Contribute to excellent patient outcomes.
- Have a high level of job satisfaction.
- Experience low staff nurse turnover.
- Are involved in decision-making in patient care.
- Are valued and respected by leadership.
- Shape research-based nursing practice.
- Are encouraged to advance their nursing education.
- Communicate openly with other members of the health care team and parents.
Cook Children's nurses are continually recognized for their accomplishments by parents, colleagues and peers across the region. They are selected for being role models, leaders, community servants, compassionate caregivers and significant contributors to the nursing profession.