Virtua Achieves Magnet® Recognition

Virtua has achieved the highest honor in nursing excellence through the Magnet Recognition Program® of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Only about 8 percent of hospitals across the country earn Magnet-recognized status.

“Magnet status is a testament to the hard work, energy, and enthusiasm of our nurses to be their very best and, in turn, provide the very best care to our patients. And while Magnet is nursing-focused, this achievement reflects the commitment and caring culture of every Virtua team member,” says Tracy Carlino, Virtua SVP and chief nursing officer.

“I have worked in healthcare a long time, and I am convinced nurses have super powers. It’s gratifying to see Virtua’s vast team of talented nurses receive this prestigious recognition, which signals to the community that we are committed to their health and well-being,” says Virtua President and CEO Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE. “Now that Virtua has Magnet status, we will continue delivering everything that this designation signifies, as we advance on our journey to become a High Reliability Organization.” 

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This includes an on-site visit from the Commission on Magnet Recognition, which for Virtua occurred in August 2018.

Beyond becoming one of 477 Magnet-recognized healthcare organizations nationwide, Virtua received special recognition, known as exemplars, in three categories:

  • Structural Empowerment: Virtua supports staff members in their journeys to become nurses and helps existing nurses pursue further education and training.
  • Exemplary Practice: Virtua uses evidence-based clinical reasoning and resources, including a full-time librarian, to foster teamwork and arrive at decisions founded on research and best practices.
  • New Knowledge and Innovation: In 2017, Virtua nurses published eight articles in peer-reviewed nursing journals. Virtua nurses also presented at 14 national conferences and one international conference.

The ANCC established Magnet in 1990. Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to their communities, including higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, lower failure-to-rescue rates, and higher job satisfaction among nurses. 

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program 
The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit


October 24, 2018