Magnet Status

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes outstanding excellence in nursing services. The hospital first received Magnet designation in 2001, making us the first pediatric hospital in the nation to achieve Magnet status. 

As the first freestanding children’s hospital in the country and the first hospital in Illinois, in 2001 the hospital was granted the first of its four prestigious Magnet designations, which it received again in 2005, 2010 and 2015. Less than 1% of all hospitals have been recognized four times.

Hospitals that earn this prestigious honor are recognized for an outstanding environment for professional nursing. This includes excellent patient-to-nurse ratios, an innovative and active nursing research program, and a clinical governance structure that thrives on the input of staff nurses for decision making.

Widely considered the equivalent of an Olympic gold medal in sports, the Magnet recognition was first granted in 1994.

As a nurse, you may know that working at a Magnet hospital gives you the experience, training and resources to do your job to the very best of your ability.

As a parent, you know it makes all the difference in the world who cares for your child. Knowing you’re at a Magnet hospital means your child is cared for by the best pediatric nurses around. Magnet status is also key in our hospital’s unique approach to family-centered care.

“In our own words...”

Our nurses describe the pride they have in their nursing practice and careers.

“I started my nursing career here fresh out of college in the summer of 1988. The best thing about being a nurse at a Magnet institution is experiencing the support and respect that exists so that nurses can reach their full potential while providing the very best family centered care. Today, in my role as a director, I can touch the lives of patients and families in a different way. Because I have been supported by the hospital to develop in my career, I have the opportunity to coach, mentor and support and listen to those reporting through me. I feel proud to hear the many comments from families about how wonderful the nurses are." – Karen Richey, RN, MBA, Director, Epilepsy Center

"An hour or two is sometimes all that I have with a sick child and his family. These are intense moments filled with nervous questions, sweating palms, quivering lips and shaking hands. Intersecting with a family in crisis has been a part of what I have been doing for 22 years. For the last seven, it has been on the Transport Team. For a brief time I become a part of a family’s story. And, whatever ending is given to their story, I find great reward and satisfaction in what we do during our part of that story.” – Craig LaRusso, Transport Team

“I left a staff position to work for a critical care nursing agency full time. I worked in adult critical care, but at one point the agency wanted to send me to Children’s  to work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I’ll admit it; I felt rather threatened by the thought of smaller patients. But my preceptor was wonderful! She guided me through the day, offering encouragement and information and answering my many questions. I was amazed and touched by the way the family was included in the care of these newborns. As my shift came to an end, I had fallen in love with the patients and the NICU. By the end of the summer the director offered me a job and the rest is history. I came on staff in August 1982. I feel fortunate to have found a hospital that provides the same care to children and families that I would want for my own son.” – Harriet S. Hawkins, RN, CCRN, FAEN, Clinical and Organizational Development

“While in nursing school, I rotated to various hospitals, nev er finding one that matched my personality. That is, until my final rotation in pediatrics at Children’s . I knew from my first clinical day at the hospital that I wanted to work here. The interaction between the nurses and patients was phenomenal.” – Roberta Nadel, RN, Ambulatory Services

"To me, it’s clear how we differ from other institutions when I attend classes each week for my master’s degree. When others talk about the difficulties they encounter within their respective institutions I think, “Wow! I am supported in most everything I do; from my professional growth within the institution. Very few places give as much respect and support to the nursing staff." – Kathryn Owen, RN, BSN, Nursing Informatics