What Magnet Means for Nursing

“Nurses at Virginia Hospital Center are highly engaged in decisions about patient care and take pride in making sure our care meets the highest standards,” says Vrotsos. “Our goal is to be the best hospital and to provide the best nursing care. It’s why nurses want to work here.”
When it comes to nursing excellence, there is no higher standard than Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Virginia Hospital Center takes great pride in being a Magnet hospital. Nationally, just 6% of hospital nursing staffs achieve this designation. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing.
“We never stop improving, pushing ourselves and learning better ways to elevate the practice of nursing at Virginia Hospital Center,” says Darlene Vrotsos, MS, BSN, RN, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer. “Our nurses here go above and beyond to achieve the best experience and outcomes for our patients.”
How do patients benefit from being cared for in a Magnet hospital? “There is an overall commitment to excellence throughout nursing and all services. To me as a nurse, Magnet status means the level of nursing care we deliver here is top of the line,” says Rebecca Rose, MS, BSN, RN, Senior Director, Systems & Special Programs, Patient Care Services.

Patients consistently give nurses at Virginia Hospital Center the highest marks for their care. Here’s what one patient had to say about his recent stay:

“The professionalism, competence, attentiveness, caring and attitude of the nurses and their support staff were, in my opinion, outstanding. In a range from poor to excellent, I consider their performance superior, a level above excellent.”
— Marshall Potter, Ashburn, VA.

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