At the University of Maryland Medical Center, our goal every day is to provide the safest care anywhere. That goal is made possible thanks to the work of our highly skilled nurses, whose excellence has been recognized by patients – in our patient satisfaction surveys – as well as industry experts.
In 2009 UMMC received the Magnet Designation in recognition of the hospital's nursing excellence. Magnet status is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to hospitals that meet specific criteria for nursing professionalism, teamwork and the highest standards in patient care. Only about 5 percent of hospitals across the United States receive this prestigious designation.
Nurses play a leading role in developing and implementing many important patient safety initiatives that have positively impacted our patients. These include everything from hand hygiene to preventing infections and falls to working with our doctors and pharmacists to reduce medication errors.
Our nurses are encouraged, and rewarded, for continuing their medical education. UMMC's partnership with the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), which is ranked 7th among graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report, was created with nursing excellence and our patients in mind. This partnership gives our nurses more opportunities to learn from and collaborate with UMSON faculty on clinical and research projects, which translates into better nursing care for our patients.