The University of Virginia (UVA) is known for providing a very strong undergraduate education, especially in the areas of business, foreign languages, and health sciences. With prominent alumni that includes Forbes’ Midas List member Anton Levy, former U.S. president Woodrow Wilson, Robert and Edward Kennedy, journalist Katie Couric, Tina Fey, Olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley, and even Edgar Allan Poe (although he never actually graduated), UVA is constantly ranking high for its diverse and prominent programs.

Just this week it was announced that the University of Virginia has received a top national honor for nursing care. According to a press release from the University of Virginia Health System, “University of Virginia Medical Center has received Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for its quality patient care, excellence in nursing care, and innovative nursing practices.”

Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, the chief executive officer of the UVA Medical Center remarked that “This is a remarkable achievement and demonstrates the extraordinary things we can accomplish as we strive to be the safest hospital to provide and receive care,” of the honor bestowed by the ANCC.

According to the UVA Health System press release, only 7 percent of U.S. hospitals have earned Magnet recognition, and those that have achieved it following a detailed review including on-site observation by a team of ANCC surveyors. During its review, UVA demonstrated exemplary professional practice through its collaborative approach to nursing, its innovative approach to nursing, and its evidence of excellent clinical outcomes related to nursing.

Lorna Facteau, UVA’s chief nursing officer said, “This honor highlights the hard work and dedication of our nurses to provide the highest-quality care to all of our patients,” in response to the Magnet recognition.

Nursing careers are known to be both financially and personally rewarding, which is why more and more young people are gravitating towards this field. Other leading nursing programs at higher education institutions include those at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Colorado.

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