By Julia Köppen, BScN, MScPH, Technische Universität Berlin
Currently (as of March 16, 2021), there are 552 Magnet® designated hospitals around the world. The vast majority are located in the United States, 14 hospitals are outside the U.S. in 11 countries (2x Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, 3x Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates). The two European Magnet® designated hospitals are the Antwerp University Hospital in Belgium and the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust City Hospital, England. Read more about City hospital’s journey in this newsletter.
Since Spring 2020 until today, many hospitals were and are already strongly occupied with the Covid-19 pandemic and the care of the affected patients. At the same time for some hospitals, Magnet® redesignation was pending or initial accreditation was planned during the same period.
Since 2020 until February 2021, overall 46 hospitals have received Magnet® status, 4 outside the U.S. (Australia, England, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan), and 75 U.S. hospitals have achieved redesignation (own calculation, no liability for correct number). Based on the websites of the ANCC, in February one hospital in Texas received designation and three hospitals in Texas, New York and California redesignation. These 121 hospitals show that even under difficult conditions, the Magnet® journey is possible.