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St. Jude achieves Magnet® designation for nursing services for the second time

Magnet® designation is the highest honor bestowed in nursing and serves as a benchmark for patients to measure the quality of nursing care they can expect to receive at a hospital.

Memphis, Tennessee, October 12, 2020

Two nurses with masks checking vitals on a patient.

For the second time, St. Jude Nursing has received the prestigious Magnet®️ designation, affirming the compassion, dedication and technical excellence that goes into the care for patients and families.


For the second time, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has received the prestigious Magnet®️ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Magnet®️ is the gold standard for nursing and represents the highest international recognition awarded by the ANCC.

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practice, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, leadership, and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity. Hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care. The designation serves as a benchmark for patients to measure the quality of nursing care they can expect to receive at a hospital.

“Congratulations to St. Jude nurses for attaining our redesignation as a Magnet®️ hospital,” said Robin Mutz, R.N., chief nurse executive and senior vice president. “At St. Jude, our nurses provide the highest quality care and own their practice through continuing education and professional certification, research and evidence-based outcomes. I am honored and humbled to work with this amazing group of nurses who bring their best to the bedside every day.”

St. Jude was first designated as a Magnet® organization in 2015. Magnet® hospitals must provide an annual status report on their progress and must undergo re-evaluation every four years to retain the designation.

“This second-time Magnet® recognition keeps St. Jude firmly in the top echelon nationally for nursing excellence and affirms all of the compassion, dedication and technical excellence that goes into the care for our St. Jude patients and families,” said Ellis Neufeld, M.D., Ph.D., St. Jude clinical director, physician-in-chief and executive vice president. “To be recognized as exemplars in 10 distinct areas of care is extraordinary. Congratulations to Nursing leadership and all of St. Jude Nursing.”

The benefits of being a Magnet®-recognized organization are numerous. National studies have found that hospitals with Magnet® status have lower patient mortality, fewer medical complications and better patient care outcomes.

“At St. Jude, nurses are integral members of the health care team, consistently demonstrating excellence through clinical expertise and extraordinary, compassionate care,” said James R. Downing, M.D., president and CEO. “Because of their efforts, children will laugh, run and play—and parents will celebrate first steps, graduations and the many milestones in between. I am so proud of the work led by Robin Mutz, Ellis Neufeld and the entire St. Jude Nursing team.”

ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is a certification body for nursing board certification and the largest certification body for advanced practice registered nurses in the U.S. ANCC's nursing board certification program is one of the oldest in the nation. 


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. To learn more, visit or follow St. Jude on social media at @stjuderesearch.