UMCPP’s Nursing Excellence Earns Prestigious Magnet® Recognition

Nov 15, 2012

University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) has achieved Magnet® status, the highest institutional recognition available for nursing excellence.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, developed the Magnet Recognition Program® to acknowledge superior patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. UMCPP is one of 395 Magnet-recognized organizations, representing less than 5 percent of hospitals nationwide.

“Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence,” said Donald J. Hofmann, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Princeton HealthCare System, a comprehensive, Plainsboro-based health system that includes UMCPP. “This status places our hospital in select company both regionally and nationally.”

Nurses and staff at UMCPP worked toward achieving Magnet status for four years—a process that culminated in a rigorous review to demonstrate the hospital’s commitment to sustaining nursing excellence, improving professional practice, and transforming the culture of the work environment. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet every four years.

“Achieving Magnet status was a very challenging and worthwhile journey,” said UMCPP’s Chief Nursing Officer Susan Lorenz, RN, DrNP, NEA-BC, EDAC. “Magnet is a well-known, well-respected designation that connotes quality care, patient satisfaction and better job satisfaction and retention among the nurses themselves. It’s an expert, objective opinion that the nursing staff here is as good as it gets.”

The ANCC’s Commission on Magnet unanimously approved UMCPP’s designation, which was announced during a conference call earlier this week. More than 100 nurses, physicians and administrators listened live to the announcement from a conference room in the UMCPP Education Center.

As part of the Magnet status, UMCPP also earned recognition for five Exemplary Professional Practices:

  • Work in biomedical ethics, including the POLST—Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment—Pilot Program. POLST, which is being used as a model for the entire state, is a new approach in which healthcare professionals work with patients, particularly older adults, to define their goals of care and use those goals to guide treatment decisions.
  • Orientation for newly graduated nurses
  • Leadership Succession Planning initiatives
  • Information Technology
  • Special initiatives including Partnerships for PIECE, a grant-funded program to improve older adults’ transition from the hospital to the community, and a bereavement program for families dealing with the death of a child.

About University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
A unit of Princeton HealthCare System, University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro opened in May 2012 as the hub of a 171-acre health campus in Plainsboro, N.J. UMCPP is a University Hospital Affiliate of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a Clinical Research Affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, an accredited oncology-teaching program of the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC) and recipient of the CoC's Outstanding Achievement Award. Through a partnership with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), UMCPP offers enhanced pediatric services, with CHOP physicians working onsite to provide pediatric emergency consultation, inpatient pediatric care and neonatal care. For more information, visit

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit

More than 100 nurses, physicians, administrators and other staff of Princeton HealthCare System listened in on a conference call with the American Nurses Credentialing Center to announce that University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) achieved Magnet® status, the highest recognition for nursing excellence.
UMCPP officials react to the Magnet announcement. Pictured, left to right, are: Karyn Book, RN, MSN, CMSRN, CLSSGB, Director, Professional Practice, Education and Magnet Program; Barry S. Rabner, President and CEO of Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS); Susan Lorenz, RN, DrNP, NEA-BC, EDAC, Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer; Linda F. Sieglen, MD, MMM, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, PHCS; and Mark Jones, President, UMCPP.