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Magnet hospital recognition

In 2004, the staff of Princess Alexandra Hospital were elated to be the first hospital in the Southern Hemisphere to receive the prestigious 'Magnet' designation for excellence in nursing care. In May 2009, the PAH became the first re-designated Magnet facility outside of America and in June 2014, PAH became the first health care organisation outside the United States to receive Magnet designation for the third time. With thanks to the outstanding commitment from our nurses, a fourth designation for Nursing Excellence was achieved in 2019. There are now over 500 Magnet Recognised Hospitals around the world.

Achieving Magnet Recognition ultimately recognises our 2,200 valuable nurses, the highest quality of care they deliver, the support they receive, opportunities available, the team environment, commitment and spirit that we are extremely proud of.

Magnet is an international program which has three decades of evidence based research recognising the benefits of the program to both staff and patients.  Magnet empowers nursing through creating a culture that values clinician participation in decision making, transparent review of work practices and support for personal and professional development with a focus on evidence based patient outcomes.

The international program is transferable within all healthcare settings but only an elite 398 healthcare facilities have met the stringent criteria.

Other designated Australian facility include the Gold Coast University Hospital.


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Last updated 21 June 2021
Last reviewed 28 April 2021