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ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®

Welcome to the Magnet Recognition Program®, for health care organizations who truly value nursing talent. Magnet Recognition is not merely an award or a badge of honor. It is steadfast proof of a hard-earned commitment to excellence in health care, with contented nurses at its heart. 

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Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program designates organizations worldwide where nursing leaders successfully align their nursing strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. The Magnet Recognition Program provides a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the whole of an organization. To nurses, Magnet Recognition means education and development through every career stage, which leads to greater autonomy at the bedside. To patients, it means the very best care, delivered by nurses who are supported to be the very best that they can be.

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Magnet 2020 Pathway Crosswalk


 Click HERE to view updates to the 2023 Magnet® Program Application Manual

NOTICE: Change in Site Visit Eligibility Requirement. Details of Change in Eligibility Requirement


The 2023 Magnet Application Manual 
• Organizations submitting documentation in 2023 may write to the 2019 Magnet Application Manual or the 2023 Magnet Application Manual.
• All organizations submitting documentation in 2024 must write to the 2023 Magnet Application Manual.
If an organization requests an extension to move their document submission month into 2024, they will be required to write to the 2023 Magnet Application Manual.
All organizations must submit documentation using ADAM™ or ADAMplus™. For more information, please visit


Introducing Magnet with Distinction™ 



Magnet with Distinction celebrates hospitals and healthcare organizations that exceed the scoring thresholds required to attain Magnet designation. It raises the bar to recognize top-tier organizations that have achieved the highest level of nursing excellence while addressing emerging challenges and changes in health care moving forward.

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For more information, click HERE.

How to apply

Take your first steps towards Magnet Recognition, by viewing our eligibility requirementsapplication process, and submission requirements. If you have already earned Magnet Recognition, then find out about redesignation to ensure that your organization continues to be recognized for supporting nurses to lead health care change.


Benefits of Magnet®:

  • Highest standard of care for patients.
  • Business growth and financial success.
  • Staff who feel motivated and valued.

While the benefits of Magnet speak for themselves, the journey to Magnet requires real dedication. By continually evaluating their strengths, weaknesses, and performance in relation to the Magnet model, organizations are empowered to make the right change. The result is an environment which inspires nurses to work together, to advance health care for all.

Why become Magnet

Magnet Learning Communities

Bring the core benefits of Magnet to your organization, by signing up to Magnet Learning Communities (MLC).  MLC is open to every Magnet-eligible health care organization regardless of size, location, or Magnet status; and provides vast online resources including moderated discussion groups, bibliographies, and research reviews.

The Community is divided into four vital knowledge centers:

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Structural Empowerment
  • Exemplary Professional Practice and
  • New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements.

If you are interested in becoming Magnet-recognized, the MLC also provides deeper insight into the application process and guidance to success.


Purchase Manuals & Publications

Find the latest publications to help you implement the Magnet Recognition Program® standards as well as how to apply and submit documents.

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