IU Health Arnett nurses reach ‘gold standard’

Nurses and other staff members at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Ind., celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, with a balloon release after receiving Magnet status, which is equal to a "gold standard" in health care. (WLFI Photo)
Nurses and other staff members at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Ind., celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, with a balloon release after receiving Magnet status, which is equal to a "gold standard" in health care. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Nurses at IU Health Arnett have a reason to celebrate Wednesday.

The hospital has achieved Magnet status. Magnet is equivalent to a “gold standard” for nursing and patient care excellence. The recognition comes from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Nurses and other staff members celebrated on Wednesday with a balloon release.

Magnet program director Sally Lowrey said this has been a long time coming.

“When we built the hospital, we built it and designed our processes in mind that we wanted to achieve Magnet designation,” Lowrey said. “So, this has been on our view the whole time. It’s more than the hospital, it’s every clinic office here — in Frankfort [and in Lafayette, on] Salem Street [and] South Street.”

She said this just goes to show, hard work does pay off for these nurses.

“What Magnet does is set that foundation for them to be the best that can be,” said Lowrey. “And to know at the end of the day, they’ve done everything they can and that they’ve made a difference.”

According to IU Health Arnett representatives, a little more than 400 hospitals out of 6,000 in the U.S. earn the recognition.