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Mount Sinai South Nassau Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

Re-Designation as a Magnet® Hospital / One of Only 48 Hospitals in New York to Earn the Prestigious Recognition

Posted: Sep. 5, 2023
Mount Sinai South Nassau Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

For the third time, Mount Sinai South Nassau has earned national recognition for nursing excellence, earning re-designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® as a Magnet organization.

Magnet® designation is the highest and most prestigious international distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing care. Mount Sinai South Nassau is one of only 48 hospitals in the state to be so honored. Mount Sinai South Nassau first earned Magnet status in 2014. Each designation is valid for four years. The recognition underscores the hospital’s commitment to patient care and patient safety.

“Re-designation validates that nursing at Mount Sinai South Nassau consistently provides excellent patient care in collaboration with the entire interdisciplinary team, resulting in exceptional patient outcomes,” said Stacey Conklin, MSN, RN-BC, MHCDS, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services at Mount Sinai South Nassau. “Mount Sinai South Nassau nurses are among the very best in the profession and their high standards and commitment to provide our patients with intuitive, expert nursing care in a healing and nurturing environment will continue on.”

“I commend our nursing leadership, nurses and our entire patient care staff for its hard work and dedication to the core values of how we meet the needs of our patients so that today we are able to celebrate Magnet re-designation,” said Adhi Sharma, MD, President of Mount Sinai South Nassau.

Research comparing Magnet organizations with non-Magnet organizations has found Magnet recognition to be associated with higher job satisfaction among nurses; higher nurse-perceived quality of care; lower rates of nurse occupational safety incidents; lower rates of patient falls, and improved skin integrity. Data also show that Magnet hospitals are better able to attract and retain high-quality, professional nurses. This helps ensure a positive work environment as well as makes certain that the continuum of care remains coordinated, eliminating unnecessary and duplicative care, reducing costs, and improving patients’ performance and outcomes.
Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, including:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information;
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue;
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.

To achieve Magnet re-designation, Mount Sinai South Nassau completed a rigorous process that required widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process began with the submission of an electronic application for re-designation, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence that Mount Sinai South Nassau patient and nursing outcomes in several quality and patient safety areas (including patient falls, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, health care-acquired infections, pediatric pain management, and peripheral IV complications) exceeded comparison national benchmarks.

Additionally, Mount Sinai South Nassau had to demonstrate that it exceeds national benchmarks for patient and family satisfaction, as well as nurse satisfaction.

The application and documentation submitted by Mount Sinai South Nassau was scored by the ANCC to determine whether the hospital was deserving of an on-site evaluation to thoroughly assess its worthiness of Magnet re-designation. After the multi-day, comprehensive on-site review process, a detailed appraisal report was completed and a vote was held by the ANCC to determine whether re-designation would be granted.

During the appraisal, the ANCC had to certify that Mount Sinai South Nassau is pro-actively meeting the following five components deemed as global issues in nursing and health care:

  1. Visionary leadership transforming the organization to meet changing needs;
  2. Empowered staff properly prepared to face all challenges;
  3. Competent, dedicated, and empowered nurses;
  4. Continued innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice, and systemic improvements;
  5. Outcome measurement systems in place throughout the entire organization.

About Mount Sinai South Nassau
Designated a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for outstanding nursing care, Mount Sinai South Nassau is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 455 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,500 employees. Located in Oceanside, New York, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health, and emergency services.

In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, Mount Sinai South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty, and offers Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. Mount Sinai South Nassau operates the only Trauma Center on the South Shore of Nassau County verified by the American College of Surgeons as well as Long Island’s only free-standing, 9-1-1 receiving Emergency Department in Long Beach. Mount Sinai South Nassau also is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons; is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program; and an Infectious Diseases Society of America Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence.

Accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent peer review organization that conducts rigorous and unannounced, on-site surveys of the hospital, Mount Sinai South Nassau holds Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ Certification in eight specialties: Heart Failure, Primary Stroke Center, Joint Replacement Hip, Joint Replacement Knee, Bariatric Surgery, Wound Care, End-Stage Renal Disease and Perinatal Care.
For more information, go to www.mountsinai.org/southnassau.