Why Magnet recognition matters
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What makes an organization great to work for?

Magnet maters!

As you consider job opportunities in health care, please note that Salem Hospital has been Magnet™-designated since 2010. Magnet is the highest and most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care. Only 8.9 percent of hospitals in the United States hold this gold standard.

Magnet, combined with our Lean principles and methods, reflects a culture of respect for the people who do the work. Our structures and processes ensure the voice of the front line is heard, leading to continuous improvement in patient care, work environment and staff satisfaction.

Approximately 40 years ago, the American Academy of Nursing conducted research that resulted in identifying 14 Forces of Magnetism. These forces attract and retain top talent and they apply to nurses and interprofessional partners, whether doing direct care for patients or providing services to those who do. Our Magnet designation proves that Salem Hospital is a great place to work and the following foundational Forces of Magnetism exemplify Salem Health Hospitals & Clinics:

  • Teamwork and collaboration among units, departments and professions.
  • Exemplary resources to support clinical nurses such as charge nurses, resource nurses, lift team, IV team, security partners, float pool, and clinical nurse specialists.
  • Transformational leaders who convey a strong sense of advocacy and support for staff and patients through purposeful rounding — and who dialogue with staff to remove barriers and support efforts to continuously improve their workflows.
  • Leaders who authentically engage to support wellbeing, resilience, diversity, equity and inclusion, in part, by insisting on a zero tolerance for abusive behavior.
  • Professional development to support staff in the pursuit of new knowledge through advancement of education, specialty certification, conference attendance and external positions on governing boards and committees.
  • Pride that our quality-of-care exceeds national norms combined with a continuous quest for evidence-based care for improved patient outcomes.
  • Professional governance structure that support 37 unit/department councils and four leading organizational councils to make shared clinical decisions.
  • A professional practice model that supports Salem Health Interprofessional Nursing Excellence (SHINE), resulting in professional autonomy for clinical excellence.
  • Transition into practice support that promotes success through new grad residency support, preceptorship and mentoring.
  • Strategy alignment that is visible to all staff and communicates how your daily work supports meeting organizational targets. Feedback is encouraged, valued and incorporated from staff at all levels.
  • Strong partnerships with community organizations that support improved patient outcomes and the health of the communities we serve.

So you see, Magnet matters to all staff who work at Salem Health.