Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Chief Nursing Officer Mary Dee Hacker Named to Commission on Magnet

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Chief Nursing Officer Mary Dee Hacker Named to Commission on Magnet

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The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has made its first appointment of a commissioner from a pediatric hospital to its Magnet Recognition Program., MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services at , has been named as a representative on the Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program. Her term will begin on July 1 of this year and span four years.

In this capacity, Hacker will play a pivotal role in serving on the governance body of the Magnet Recognition Program, a credential for nursing excellence earned by 395 hospitals out of almost 6,000 U.S. health care organizations, recognizing only the very best hospitals across the country.

“Mary Dee’s leadership has been vital in our Patient Care Services department’s efforts to ensure that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles earned the Magnet credential in 2008 and ,” says , FACHE, president and CEO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, one of only 29 recognized Magnet organizations in California. “Being asked to serve in such a prominent capacity with this organization is a testament to Mary Dee’s dedication and knowledge, and to the extraordinary efforts of our patient care services disciplines and to our Magnet team members.”

“As the first Magnet commission representative from a pediatric hospital—a group representing approximately 8 percent of all Magnet hospitals—Hacker will bring new insights and experiences to the commission,” says Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, executive director of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. “Mary Dee is a passionate advocate for the value of Magnet. She offers a unique perspective as a senior leader from a key stakeholder group. We are thrilled to have her expertise on the commission.”

Hacker has served as the visionary chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for 20 years. She guided the hospital to its initial Magnet designation in 2008, and then through its first re-designation in 2013. She is known for creating a healthy culture and work environment for direct care providers and all members of the health care team. Hacker has been associated with Children's Hospital for more than three decades, beginning as a staff nurse in 1975 and has held various administrative nursing positions at the hospital.

A member of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Board of Trustees, California Institute for Nursing & Health Care (CINHC) and the DAISY Foundation, Hacker is a frequent speaker at state, regional and national meetings. She is a member of numerous local, state and national health care organizations. She has won numerous awards for nursing leadership and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2010.

The ANCC Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program is comprised of experts representing various sectors of the nursing community. The commission is responsible for the governance of Magnet Recognition Program activities, including approving program criteria, making the final decision regarding the designation of the Magnet credential, and providing a mechanism for the systematic review and evaluation of the strategic direction of the Magnet Recognition Program.

Drenkard says that Hacker, joined by a roster of commissioners and a new chair, “will continue the course of setting an evidence-based strategic plan for the program, refining the Magnet Sources of Evidence, and leading the international expansion of Magnet.”

“The Magnet Recognition Program has become the premiere recognition program for hospital nursing and we are very proud of our recent success with our own re-designation efforts,” Cordova says. “This is a great achievement for Mary Dee and a credit to our hospital.”

Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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