UCSF Nursing Excellence - Magnet Recognized

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital have received the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet designation which was awarded on September 17th, 2012!!!!!

ANCC officials also noted that UCSF met the 88 standards for excellence with no deficiencies, which is an exceptional accomplishment for an initial submission.

A recording of the announcement notification from the ANCC is located here.

Internationally Recognized

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations both nationally and internationally for their outstanding quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional practice. Achieving Magnet status underscores the fact that UCSF is a world-class organization as only seven percent of hospitals in the United States and abroad have received this designation to date.
“It was the culmination of months of hard work to outperform quality and patient satisfaction benchmarks, establish new standards of nursing care, and complete research projects that define our core mission,” said Sheila Antrum, RN, MHSA, Chief Nursing Officer of UCSF Medical Center.

The Journey

The Magnet application process began in 2007 when the organization embarked on a journey to focus on addressing structures, processes and outcomes which were captured in the 3,600-page document submitted as part of this application. Once accepted, a comprehensive site visit in July showcased the 2,500 nurses to Magnet appraisers who came to UCSF to validate the documentation. Although much of the validation survey focused on nursing, Magnet designation speaks to the great work performed by all staff, management, provider and ancillary colleagues.
“Achieving Magnet status is an important milestone for UCSF,” said Antrum, “as it establishes the medical center as the only Magnet designated hospital in the city of San Francisco.”

Nurses and Magnet

For UCSF Nurses, this recognition is a true testament to their hard work and commitment to provide exemplary patient care. There is definitely more to accomplish but it is important to reflect on the many positive changes that have been implemented and the momentum and staff engagement to continually improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.


Ms. Antrum quoted Vidal Sassoon saying… “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” She also remarks, “I am very proud of all of you and sincerely thank you for achieving this major nursing recognition.”