Mission Hospital CNO Karen Olsen: What Our “Journey to Magnet” Means for You

By Karen Olsen
Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Mission Hospital

On September 29, 2017, Mission Hospital officially celebrated its journey to becoming a Magnet®-designated hospital. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

The Magnet® designation is the ultimate credential for the highest quality nursing in the nation. Developed by the American Nurses Certification Center (ANCC), the Magnet® framework is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center provides Magnet® designation to recognize nursing excellence in three areas:

The Magnet®-designated hospital demonstrates a high degree of regard for registered nurses at all levels and in all roles in partnership with the interprofessional team.

Currently only 468 hospitals are recognized as Magnet facilities. ANCC Magnet® designation is international and includes hospitals in Canada, Australia, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

The Magnet Recognition Program® advances three goals within healthcare organizations:


Karen Olsen, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, is Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive of Mission Hospital.