I was sitting at a traffic light in Dickinson the other night and the SUV in front of me had a bumper sticker that caught my attention. It read “UTMB Nursing Service, Magnet Recognition, 2005-2008.”
I was around to see the years of work that went into earning that recognition, but not all of us may know or remember what it means. It’s a big deal; ”Magnet Status” recognizes institutions that set the standard for excellence in nursing care. It’s hard recognition to earn; when we made the list in 2005, there were about 150 hospitals nationally that had done it. Today, the number is only up to 281. I’m proud we’re still one of them. Tell a nurse “congratulations.” She’s (and he’s) earned it. Read an archived Impact article to learn more about this accomplishment.