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How to Get a Job at a Magnet Hospital

Anyone interested in working in a Magnet hospital needs to stand out to impress these employers. A Magnet hospital has achieved the highest form of international nursing recognition that a healthcare institution can attain. These facilities excel in multiple areas and they are selective about employment. They often give hiring preference to  registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Excellence at Magnet Hospitals

For a hospital to earn Magnet hospital status, it must excel in nurse retention, nurse autonomy, nurse job satisfaction and nursing quality care. Nurses in these hospitals work in the best-rated work environments with superior patient results and care excellence. Their peers are among the best. This brings a level of prestige and higher job satisfaction. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) defines the new vision for Magnet-recognized organizations will be that they “serve as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally.”

The Importance of a BSN

One step RNs can take to increase their chances of getting into a Magnet hospital is to complete a BSN. Magnet hospitals know that in order to retain Magnet status, they need an outstanding workforce. That is why they will typically prefer BSN-prepared nurses over non-BSN candidates.

Networking Can Open Doors

Networking is also a good way to get your foot in the door at a Magnet hospital. Introduce yourself to the human resources staff in the hospitals that interest you. It pays to get to know your classmates, join professional clubs or organizations and spend time volunteering at hospitals. Doing so can form connections with current staff and managers in the Magnet hospital where you would like to work.

With a BSN and the right networking skills, you should be well on your way to a job at your first Magnet hospital.

Learn more about the UTA Online RN to BSN program.



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