St. Jude is a Magnet hospital, the highest designation a hospital can receive related to nursing. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as a benchmark for patients to measure the quality of nursing care they can expect to receive at a hospital. Only 9 percent of all U.S. hospitals have achieved this recognition.
St. Jude was granted the status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2015. National studies have found that hospitals achieving Magnet status have lower patient mortality, fewer medical complications and better patient care outcomes.
The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare 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. Magnet hospitals must provide an annual status report on their progress and must undergo re-evaluation every four years to retain the designation.