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Magnet Status

Magnet Recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing CenterWhat is Magnet status?

UF Health Shands Hospital, which consistently ranks as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in America, is the 12th hospital in Florida and the 88th in the nation to achieve Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Sharing in this designation are UF Health Shands HospitalUF Health Shands Rehab HospitalUF Health Shands HomeCareUF Health Shands Psychiatric HospitalUF Health Florida Surgical Center and UF Health Dialysis Center. UF Health Shands Hospital is one of 395 hospitals worldwide that have achieved Magnet designation. It is the nursing profession’s most prestigious honor.

The Magnet Recognition Program was developed in 1992 by ANCC, a branch of the American Nurses Association, to recognize hospitals that provide the best in nursing care and a supportive professional nursing environment. The program is designed to provide consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care available at a medical facility.

To obtain Magnet status, we demonstrated our nursing team’s effectiveness in meeting standards for nursing care related to clinical competence and assessment, education, cultural diversity and collaboration. We met 83 stringent ANCC quantitative and qualitative standards that defined the highest quality of nursing practice and patient care.

ANCC representatives then conducted a site visit before awarding us Magnet status designation. The whole process took more than two years.

We are proud of this accomplishment that is so well-deserved by our employees.


Working at a Magnet Hospital Means:

  • We’re recruiting the best and the brightest nurses nationally and internationally.
  • The community recognizes you as the best of the best.
  • We’re developing tomorrow’s leaders in nursing.
  • You’re part of an interdisciplinary team whose members demonstrate respect and admiration.
  • The best students will want to train here.
  • You’re joining a team of nurses who are dedicated to the highest level of quality care and who understand and respect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our patients, their significant others and our fellow health care providers.
  • Other health care providers across the nation will look to you as a model of the best practices in nursing services.
  • You’re part of a team that’s achieving excellent patient outcomes.
  • You’re a main contributor to our health care system’s overall success.
  • You’re learning from and growing under a nursing leadership team that’s taking nursing to a new standard of excellence.
  • You’re raising the standard of care for all other health care professionals who work around you.
  • You’re joining a team of employees who are treated fairly, equitably and with the utmost respect.
  • You’re complying with all federal and state nursing regulations and adhering to and exceeding quality standards.