Volume 51 | Number 3 | June 2016

Abstract List

Amy Witkoski Stimpfel Ph.D., R.N., Douglas M. Sloane Ph.D., Matthew D. McHugh Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H., R.N., Linda H. Aiken Ph.D., R.N.


To examine the relationship between Magnet recognition, an indicator of nursing excellence, and patients' experience with their hospitalization reported in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems () survey.

Data Sources

This secondary analysis includes cross‐sectional data from the 2010 survey, the American Hospital Association, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Study Design

We conducted a retrospective observational study.

Data Collection

Using common hospital identifiers, we created a matched set of 212 Magnet hospitals and 212 non‐Magnet hospitals.

Principal Findings

Patients in Magnet hospitals gave their hospitals higher overall ratings, were more likely to recommend their hospital, and reported more positive care experiences with nurse communication.


Magnet recognition is associated with better patient care experiences, which may positively enhance reimbursement for hospitals.