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Advocate Christ Medical Center Redesignated A 'Magnet' Hospital - the Highest Nursing Honor
Date:9/16/2009

, surveyors met with community leaders, including local elected officials and members of the police department in Oak Lawn; representatives of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House and Gift of Hope; and several deans of area nursing schools that send students to Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital for their clinical training.
   
"Surveyors were impressed that we train some 800 undergraduate nursing students annually," said Wendy Tuzik Micek RN PhD, market director, nursing science and Magnet, for the medical center and for Advocate Trinity Hospital. "In fact, one appraiser remarked, 'Not only do students receive great clinical experience here, this hospital is their first choice for employment after they graduate.'"
   
Tuzik Micek helped lead a team of nursing leaders and staff in coordinating the medical center's preparations for Magnet re-designation. As part of the process, the medical center prepared an application estimated to be 15 inches thick and containing about 500 pages of text covering five major areas: transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations and improvement; and empirical outcomes. Just a listing of innovations implemented at the medical center during the past two years resulted in a table covering 40 pages of the application.

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