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The Virginia Magnet Consortium exists to unify our efforts to foster nursing excellence in the Commonwealth by building upon our collective Magnet experience


The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies. 

Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive.


The Magnet Recognition Program is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice as defined in the American Nurses Association's Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators (2004). The Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators and other “foundational documents” form the base upon which the Magnet environment is built. The Magnet designation process includes the appraisal of qualitative factors in nursing. These factors, referred to as “Forces of Magnetism” were first identified through research done in 1983.


The full expression of the Forces embodies a professional environment guided by a strong visionary nursing leader who advocates and supports development and excellence in nursing practice. As a natural outcome of this, the program elevates the reputation and standards of the nursing profession.* (information provided by the ANCC wesbsite)


Virginia has twenty hospitals currently included in The Magnet Recognition Program®

Virginia Magnet in Nursing Excellence Awards


For more information about The Magnet Recognition Program®, please visit the ANCC website. For information about the Virginia Magnet Consortium, contact us.