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Magnet4Europe Initiative

€4 Million Grant from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Program to Improve Mental Health and Well-being of Health Professionals and Patient Safety supports the International Partnership of some of the World’s Leading Universities. 

First Magnet4Europe International Partners Meeting in Leuven, Belgium, November 2019First Magnet4Europe International Partners Meeting in Leuven, Belgium, November 2019

Led by KU Leuven, Belgium, and the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in the US, Magnet4Europe is an evidence-based intervention backed by the successful Magnet Recognition Program ®, a voluntary hospital designation for nursing care excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Over seventyhospitals from Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, and Norway will receive a full-blown redesign of their workplaces – supported by one-to-one twinning with an experienced Magnet recognized hospital and an annual learning collaborative. More 

Magnet4Europe Attributed Goals

  • Improve Work Environments
  • Improve Job Related Health Outcomes of Nurses and Physicians
  • Improve Patient Outcomes

Intervention

  • Magnet Blueprint and Gap Analysis Tool
  • One-to-one Twinning with US Magnet Hospitals
  • Learning Collaboratives
  • Critical Mass and Network Creation
  • Actionable Feedback Report

Participation

  • 73 EUROPEAN Hospitals across SIX Countries

Magnet4Europe (M4E) study seeks to improve clinician mental health, wellbeing and patient safety.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit, Magnet4Europe is launching with 73 European hospitals in six European countries. Some of America’s best hospitals are twinned 1:1 with European hospitals to introduce Magnet® principles to improve hospital work environments. In Europe, the intervention is evaluated in a randomized trial with a lagged control group. U.S. Magnet hospitals are participating in one of the largest studies ever on the association of work environments with clinician wellbeing and patient outcomes. 

 

Meet the M4E Directors

“Hospitalized patients can only be assured safe and effective care when their nurses and physicians are able to perform at their best, and this requires healthy work environments.” Prof. Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, The Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing, Professor of Sociology, Founding Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

 

“Our research points to specific features of complex organizations that if modified can significantly improve the well being of health professionals and patients alike.”  Prof. Walter Sermeus, PhD, MSc, RN,
Full Professor Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy, Head of Management and Health Policy Programme Support, KU Leuven, Belgium

Scientific Project Managers

  • Luk Bruyneel, PhD, MSc, Expert Scientific and Economic Matters at Mutualités Libres / Onafhankelijke Ziekenfondsen, and Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Public Health, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Matthew D. McHugh PhD, JD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Independence Chair for Nursing Education, Professor of Nursing, Director, Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA USA

Team U.S.A.

  • Tim Cheney, Analyst, Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA USA
  • Irene D. Hung, MPD, Administrative Director, Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA USA

  • Douglas M. Sloane, PhD, Methodologist, Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA USA
  • Herbert Smith, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA USA