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ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®

Welcome to the Magnet Recognition Program®, for health care organizations who truly value nursing talent. Magnet Recognition is not merely an award or a badge of honor. It is steadfast proof of a hard-earned commitment to excellence in health care, with contented nurses at its heart.


Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program designates organizations worldwide where nursing leaders successfully align their nursing strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. The Magnet Recognition Program provides a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the whole of an organization. To nurses, Magnet Recognition means education and development through every career stage, which leads to greater autonomy at the bedside. To patients, it means the very best care, delivered by nurses who are supported to be the very best that they can be.

NOTICE: Change in Site Visit Eligibility Requirement. Details of Change in Eligibility Requirement

NOTICE: Phase-Out of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program System Application. Details of Phase Out

NOTICE: Beginning February 2020, all Magnet application documents must be submitted using ADAM or ADAMplus. The Magnet Program office will honor any contract signed prior to November 1, 2018.

NOTICE:  FAQ UPDATE- Q1 and Q2 2020 Data Presentation for EP18EO, EP19EO, EP20EO and EP21EO

Event Notice: Registration for the ANCC Virtual Summit™ on October 7-8, 2020 is now open! This two-day, engaging, online event will feature interactive educational sessions from ANCC programs including Practice Transition Accreditation Program®, Nursing Continuing Professional Development, Certification, Pathway to Excellence®, and Magnet Recognition®. In-person conferences will resume in 2021, so save the date for the ANCC National Magnet Conference®, the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference®, and the ANA Quality and Innovation Conference® to be held together, May 1-3, 2021 in Atlanta Click here to access some frequently asked questions. To learn more about the ANCC Virtual Summit, and to register, visit

How to apply

Take your first steps towards Magnet Recognition, by viewing our eligibility requirementsapplication process, and submission requirements. If you have already earned Magnet Recognition, then find out about redesignation to ensure that your organization continues to be recognized for supporting nurses to lead health care change.


Benefits of Magnet®:

  • Highest standard of care for patients.
  • Business growth and financial success.
  • Staff who feel motivated and valued.

While the benefits of Magnet speak for themselves, the journey to Magnet requires real dedication. By continually evaluating their strengths, weaknesses, and performance in relation to the Magnet model, organizations are empowered to make the right change. The result is an environment which inspires nurses to work together, to advance health care for all.

Why become Magnet

Magnet Learning Communities

Bring the core benefits of Magnet to your organization, by signing up to Magnet Learning Communities (MLC).  MLC is open to every Magnet-eligible health care organization regardless of size, location, or Magnet status; and provides vast online resources including moderated discussion groups, bibliographies, and research reviews.

The Community is divided into four vital knowledge centers:

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Structural Empowerment
  • Exemplary Professional Practice and
  • New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements.

If you are interested in becoming Magnet-recognized, the MLC also provides deeper insight into the application process and guidance to success.


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