Magnet: Commitment to Nursing Excellence

Billings Clinic is proud to once again be recognized for nursing excellence as a Magnet®-designated organization, joining only 97 other organizations worldwide that have achieved this honor four times. The re-designation process happens every four years.

What is Magnet?

Magnet is the highest honor for professional nursing practice. Only about 7 percent of hospitals worldwide have received the designation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®.   Billings Clinic was Montana’s first health care organization to achieve this distinction 16 years ago. Earning this recognition four times in a row puts Billings Clinic among the top 1 percent of hospitals worldwide for nursing.

What is the Impact to Patient Care?

Magnet changes the approach to patient care to be more collaborative and promotes the process of evidence-based practice. As a Magnet organization Billings Clinic supports a culture where multidisciplinary teams work together, making a difference for our patients every day. 

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10 Reasons Magnet® Nursing Makes a Difference

Extensive independent research shows that Magnet-designated health care organizations offer:

  • Higher patient satisfaction
  • Higher quality of patient care
  • Improved patient safety
  • Lower RN workplace injuries
  • Identified excellence in nursing services
  • A process of sharing best practices in nursing
  • Higher registered nurse (RN) retention
  • Higher RN job satisfaction
  • Lower RN turnover rate
  • More opportunities for professional nursing development

(American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2021)

Laurie Smith, CNO


Magnet is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon nursing. It really is for those organizations that provide not just standard care, but excellent care.”

“Magnet is important to our employees and to our organization because it really elevates the care that we give to an entirely other level. It holds us to a higher standard and really encourages our nurses to seek new knowledge and to be innovative in the care that they deliver. We want to make sure that we’re providing the latest evidence-based care so that our patients get the very best.”

-Laurie Smith, RN, Billings Clinic Chief Nursing Officer


Jeannine Brant

Magnet provides a foundation for cultivating a nursing culture of inquiry, which is what my position as a Nurse Scientist is all about!"

"Magnet provides a platform for nurses to discover new knowledge through research, implement existing evidence into practice, and consistently work on improving patient outcomes through nurse-sensitive quality indicators.”

-Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN, FAAN, Director and Lead Scientist, Collaborative Science and Innovation


Brian Rah, MD

Billings Clinic understood the importance of great nursing care and had the organizational culture to grow and develop great nurses”

“To me, Magnet nursing was one of the most important factors in relocating here.  In my mind there is nothing more important to great patient care than fantastic nurses.  Nurses are with the patient 24 hours a day.” 

-Brian Rah, MD, Cardiologist


Joan Brewer

It’s different here at Billings Clinic because as a Magnet organization our culture supports the ability to speak up and be heard."

"Magnet elevates the level of nursing through recognizing that it takes a team to provide patient care.”

-Joan Brewer, RN, MSN, Referral Relations Manager


Dania Block, RN

The Magnet recognition is validation that nurses at Billings Clinic are encouraged and supported to seek out opportunities for making a positive impact for our patients. ”

-Dania Block, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director of Nursing Quality & Practice, Magnet Program Director


Jessica Halgren, RN

Working for a Magnet Hospital, to me, means that my efforts to be innovative in driving positive change are met with support and encouragement.”

-Jessica Halgren, RN, Childbirth Education Coordinator