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Swedish Covenant Hospital Earns Prestigious Magnet Designation

Swedish Covenant Hospital Earns Prestigious Magnet Designation

CHICAGO, IL (June 7, 2010) – The recent designation of Swedish Covenant Hospital (SCH) as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center enhances the stature of the North Park University School of Nursing, says Dean Linda Olson.

Many of the students train at the hospital, which is one of only four hospitals in Chicago, 23 hospitals in Illinois, and 371 in the world to earn the prestigious designation. The Magnet designation is given to hospitals that demonstrate excellence in five key areas: transformational leadership, an environment where the hospital’s vision comes to life, exemplary nursing practices, a culture of innovation and continual improvement, and strong structures for achieving good outcomes.

The honor is “the highest and most prestigious international distinction a hospital can receive for nursing excellence and outstanding patient care,” said SCH President Mark Newton when he announced the recognition. He adds that the designation means that “SCH serves as an international model for nursing care.”

A North Park faculty member chairs the nursing research committee at SCH, Olson says. “One of the important criteria in the Magnet application is that direct care nurses are involved in nursing research and evidence-based practice.”

Student training is enhanced through the strong affiliation with SCH.

“We use Swedish for clinical experiences for our undergraduate pre-licensure baccalaureate students,” says Olson. “We also have our graduate students complete their clinical practicums using master’s prepared nurse preceptors from Swedish.”

Olson notes that one of this year’s graduate students in leadership and management had SCH senior VP/CNO Mary Shehan as a preceptor for her one-year practicum experience, during which the student completed a project on one of the units with the staff and clinical educators at SCH.

The School of Nursing also is affiliated with the three other Chicago-area hospitals to achieve the Magnet designation—NorthShore University Health System, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Advocate Lutheran General.