After a two-week period of hosting the VCU Health System Magnet Obelisk at the VCU School of Nursing, Jean Giddens, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean and professor, handed it off to the VCU Health System’s Nursing Administration in a ceremony today at the Main Hospital.

Since February 2012 the Magnet Obelisk has been handed off and displayed in different departments at VCUHS to represent the collaborative efforts that have led to the hospital’s Magnet status.

“All of us at the School of Nursing felt honored to be included in hosting the Magnet Obelisk and it’s very fitting that this ceremony is taking place right before the start of National Nurses Week,” Giddens said.

Lauren Goodloe, Ph.D., RN, director of medical & geriatric nursing and administrative director of nursing research at the VCU Health System, accepted the Magnet Obelisk from Giddens on behalf of the Nursing Administration team. Goodloe is also assistant dean for clinical operations at the School of Nursing.

Internationally renowned nurse leader Margaret L. McClure, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, was invited as a special guest to present the Magnet Recognition plaque to the Nursing Administration team. McClure coauthored the 1983 ground-breaking study, “Magnet Hospitals: Attraction and Retention of Professional Nurses,” working with the American Academy of nursing. The study laid the foundations for today’s American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. McClure also served a three-year term on the Commission for Magnet Hospitals and helped establish Magnet standards and criteria.

Click here to read about when the School of Nursing hosted a display of the Magnet Obelisk for two weeks in the Heritage Room.

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Dean Jean Giddens passes on the Magnet Obelisk to Lauren Goodloe, Ph.D., RN, assistant dean for Clinical Operations at SON, director of Medical & Geriatric Nursing and administrative director of Nursing Research at VCUHS.
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Dean Jean Giddens and Crystal Crewe, interim manager for supplemental staffing at the VCU Health System, pose with the Magnet Obelisk.

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Special guest Dr. Margaret McClure presents the Magnet Recognition plaque to the Nursing Administration team.

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