On June 14, 2011, Kootenai Health was granted MagnetTM status for the second time. This designation is nursing's top honor, accepted nationally as the gold standard in nursing excellence and hospitals must apply every four years to renew it.
MagnetTM hospitals represent a select group of hospitals that have successfully undergone a rigorous, multi-faceted evaluation conducted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Kootenai is the first hospital in the Inland Northwest to receive this designation and the second in Idaho.
Here are some comments from ANCC’s survey of Kootenai Health:
- Nursing leadership personnel are admired internally and externally for their vision and leadership qualities and significant contribution to the organization and the community.
- The organizational culture set by the CEO and nurtured by leadership is exceptional, especially the strong recruitment and retention programs, the service recovery program, and the genuine consistently demonstrated commitment to every employee in the medical center.
- The quality and quantity of community partnership and involvement is outstanding. The medical center is a community leader and nurses play many key roles as community activists. T
- he partnerships with local education institutions are very strong and collaborative. The medical center provided significant financial support for one program to expand its instructional facilities. The organization is enthusiastic about partnerships with other institutions and participating as one of the AACN CNL pilot sites.
- Nursing practice is enhanced by strong interdisciplinary and physician relationships, as well as by the strong support and encouragement for generalist and specialty certification.
- There is a strong commitment to advanced practice nursing roles, nursing research and evidence-based practice, and evidence of a plan for growth in all three areas across the nursing organization.
- Nursing practice is highly engaged in performance improvement at the unit and department levels, working collaboratively with other member of the interdisciplinary team as well as often leading such teams.
- The in-house nursing resource team is innovative and extremely valuable. Staffing mix emphasizes RN practice.