According to the Magnet program, the true essence of a Magnet organization stems from Exemplary Professional Practice (EP) within nursing. This means a comprehensive understanding of the role of nursing; the application of this role with patients, families, communities and the interdisciplinary team; and the application of new knowledge and evidence.

Below, you will find standards within this component of Magnet and examples of how we meet or exceed them in our work each day.

Please note that we will add examples on an ongoing basis throughout 2021 and 2022.

Standards and Examples

EP16EO: Provide one example, with supporting evidence, of an improved patient safety outcome associated with clinical nurse involvement in the evaluation of patient safety data at the unit level.

How we meet EP16EO:

In February 2019, Shapiro 9/10 nurses who serve as members of the catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) Prevention Taskforce and their unit-based practice councils noticed an increase in CAUTI cases.

The practice council and nursing leaders decided to conduct chart audits and set a goal of decreasing the unit’s CAUTI rate. They, in partnership with the CAUTI Prevention Task Force, identified that the higher CAUTI rates were related to catheter maintenance versus catheter insertion practices.

Intervention: After a literature review and nurse interviews, the group developed a checklist to serve as a reminder of best practices for catheter maintenance. Clinical nurses discussed indwelling catheter use with care teams each day, and the team’s practice changed to include consistent use of the nurse-driven protocol for catheter removal.

Outcome: CAUTI rate per 1,000 catheter days decreased from 5.0 in February 2019 to 0 in May/June, which was sustained for the remainder of 2019.