Exeter Hospital could soon be among the top seven percent of hospitals nationwide for providing consistently high quality nursing care to patients.
Hospital staff is energized and optimistic following a site visit from representatives of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program in December. The Magnet Recognition Program is based on research that revealed a link between the characteristics of hospitals that are able to attract and retain highly trained nurses and those that also achieve exceptional outcomes for patient safety and satisfaction, quality of care and decreased mortality rates.
The intensive three-day site visit by representatives from the ANCC was the last step in a multi-year application process undertaken by the hospital to achieve Magnet Recognition. The hospital will be notified of the ANCC decision in late winter. There are only three hospitals in New Hampshire that are currently recognized as Magnet facilities including Dartmouth Hitchcock, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital.
As part of its journey towards providing a consistently higher level of nursing care, Exeter Hospital places a priority on hiring nurses who have a minimum of a baccalaureate level education in nursing, explained Fran Bonardi, MBA, RN, vice president of Acute Care Services and associate chief nurse for Exeter Hospital. Nurses are supported in furthering their education and to become certified in their clinical specialty through a tuition reimbursement benefit, while nurses already employed by Exeter Hospital who are not educated at the baccalaureate level in nursing are also offered tuition reimbursement to further their education.
Pictured above, left to right, are: Karen Richards, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Exeter Hospital’s Magnet Program director; Susan Burns-Tisdale, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, Exeter Hospital’s executive vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nurse executive; and Fran Bonardi, MBA, RN, vice president of Acute Care Services and associate chief nurse for Exeter Hospital. (Courtesy Photo)