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Magnet Designations

Inova Fairfax Hospital/Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children (now Inova Children's Hospital) is proud to be the first Magnet nursing facility in the Washington, DC, region.

In 1997, Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children were the first in the DC metro area to be awarded Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Since then, Inova Fairfax has been recertified as a Magnet hospital four times, with the most recent certification awarded in 2011. Only a handful of hospitals nationwide have received four recertifications. 

Magnet status is the highest level of recognition given to organized nursing services in the United States. The designation recognizes excellence in all aspects of nursing services, from leadership and management philosophy to the quality of patient care. It signifies that nurses continuously improve their practice and that the organization fosters their professional growth. Magnet status also recognizes nurses’ sensitivity to the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients and other caregivers.


What does it mean to be a Magnet hospital?

Magnet hospitals are national models for nursing care. At Inova Fairfax Hospital/Inova Children's Hospital, magnet status reflects outstanding patient care and nursing practice excellence, distinguished nursing leadership, and an environment that recognizes and rewards professional nursing.


Achieving Magnet status involves a volunteer, peer-reviewed process in which a team of professional registered nurses with experience in quality indicators, nursing administration and nursing evaluates a hospital’s nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care delivery. As its guide, the team uses the scope and standards for nurse administrators as outlined by the Congress of Nursing Practice of the American Nurses Association (ANA). Hospitals must meet the criteria outlined in the Magnet Standards of Nursing Practice.

Inova is also proud that Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital have achieved Magnet status as well.