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  1. Wolf, Gail PhD, RN
  2. Finlayson, Susan DNP, RN
  3. Hayden, Margaret MSN, RN
  4. Hoolahan, Susan MSN, RN
  5. Mazzoccoli, Andrea PhD, RN


Magnet(R) designation has been shown to be a cost-effective strategy resulting in improved patient, staff, and organizational outcomes. Achieving this designation requires an organization to successfully progress through developmental levels on their journey to excellence. Part 1 of this article describes a 4-level developmental model that is applied to each of the Magnet components. Part 2 will discuss a 5-step developmental process and leadership strategies for developing a unit or department through the various levels.