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Nursing program a 'Magnet'

Feb. 12, 2004

Students in the Louise Herrington School of Nursing have always known they were getting a world-class education. But now the much-deserved word is getting out.

Baylor University Medical Center, a learning lab for many Baylor nursing students, has joined the ranks of about 100 medical institutions in the United States whose nursing services have earned the Magnet distinction -- considered one of the highest achievements a hospital can attain in the nursing field.

The Magnet program, established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recognizes high-quality nursing services that meet professional standards set by the Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators, a nationally recognized manual of nursing guidelines. Applicant programs must undergo a rigorous four-step process, including a site visit by an appraiser.

"It truly is an outstanding honor for a health system that big to be recognized," said Judy Lott, professor and dean of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing. "What that means for students in the School of Nursing is they get to do work in the kind of environment where the best nursing practices are used, professionalism is highly valued, and cutting-edge research is being done -- the ultimate learning environment for them.

"It also represents opportunities for our faculty and nursing staff at the Medical Center to collaborate on research and educational projects," she said.

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