The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing. Developed by ANCC, Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide. Exeter Hospital proudly received initial Magnet Designation in 2013 and was successfully re-designated in 2018.


In a Magnet organization, nurses have control over their practice. Factors that contribute to such an autonomous environment include:

  • A trusting atmosphere that allows nurse to feel safe and supported in their decisions
  • Rules that do not impeded the delivery of patient care
  • The opportunity for professional nurses to participate in decisions that affect their practice and work environments.
Benefits to patients and hospital
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Decreased length of stay
  • Improved patient care, safety, and satisfaction
  • Attract and retain top talent
  • Foster a collaborative culture advance nursing standards and practice
Benefits to nurses
  • Autonomy in clinical practice decision making
  • Participation in nursing leadership and organizational decision making
  • Higher RN job satisfaction
  • Enhanced interprofessional collaboration
  • Integration of professional models of care