Originally posted on December 5, 2011 on the UAB News blog
A large crowd gathered in a conference room tucked away in the middle of UAB Hospital hoping the call they were all waiting on would bring the news everyone was hoping for — that UAB Hospital would earn Magnet designation for the third consecutive time.
The room was silent as the call came in but before the caller could finish telling the packed house they had earned a three-peat, the room erupted in cheers, complete with pom-poms and noisemakers.
“We’ve been in a journey for four years to be redesignated as a Magnet facility,” said Velinda Block, UAB Chief Nursing Officer
As the call continued, the Magnet committee representative said the group was most impressed with UAB’s work that is done to support nurses and other staff professionally, its partnerships with the community — from local to international groups — the staff’s work within professional organizations and what the hospital’s nurses and other staff do to ensure quality and patient safety.
“At UAB Hospital we always say our staff is not just another staff and to have this national validation by the Magnet organization really brings that home, that we are not just another nursing staff. We are among the elite in the country,” Block said.
Shannon Graham, Magnet program director at UAB, summed up what Magnet certification means. “Our nurses provide the best care and we are second to none,” she said.
UAB Hospital CEO Michael Waldrum put it simply to the gathered crowd.
“You guys rock,” he said.