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South Miami Hospital is proud to have earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet designation for the fourth time in 2019. Magnet recognition by the ANCC is the highest honor for nursing excellence a hospital can achieve.

Magnet-designated organizations provide the highest quality care for patients, families and the community through support and investment in nursing education and development. Interprofessional collaborative practice is nurtured, with a focus on mutual respect, autonomy and shared values. This culture helps to attract and reward the best in nursing talent. According to research, Magnet-designated organizations have a higher level of nurse and patient satisfaction.

Our Commitment to Excellence

Our Commitment to Excellence

South Miami Hospital nurses are committed to serving our patients and our community, as reflected in our mission statement . . . “to improve the health and well-being of individuals and to promote the sanctity and preservation of life in the communities we serve.”

Our commitment to providing nursing excellence through evidence-based leading practices results in high-quality competent care, sensitivity to diversity and the achievement of positive clinical outcomes. In our pursuit of excellence, we have created a practice environment that supports research and innovation and enhances the professional practice of nursing.

Nursing Contributions

Our nurses make invaluable contributions to South Miami Hospital’s outstanding reputation for clinical and service excellence through initiatives that can be classified under the four Magnet model components, with a focus on Empirical Outcomes that demonstrate how our nurses provide excellent patient care with the best possible outcome.

Transformational Leadership

Transformational leaders achieve superior results through outstanding clinical knowledge, idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualized consideration.

Advocating for Patients

Through the efforts of a nurse-led team, the patient fall rate per 1,000 patient days was reduced, outperforming the national benchmark.

Through a leadership-driven initiative to keep patients safe, the Ecolab® Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring System was implemented to record hand hygiene events of all staff members entering clinical areas to reduce the rate of hospital-acquired conditions.

Structural Empowerment

Structural empowerment involves the creation of a workplace environment that supports exemplary professional practice, organizational goals, collaborative relationships and staff knowledge and empowerment to achieve improved outcomes.

Professional Development

Aligned with South Miami Hospital’s nursing strategic goals, nearly half of our nurses are nationally certified in their specialty, and more than 80 percent have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.


South Miami Hospital is a partner in The DAISY Foundation™, which honors our nurses (individuals, teams and nurse leaders) for demonstrating compassion, empathy, excellence in patient care and leadership. DAISY Award winners are celebrated within the organization and nationally through The DAISY Foundation™ website: A Patient Wedding (5P & CDU) | DAISY Foundation.

Exemplary Practice

Patient and family-centeredness, inter-professional collaboration, evidence-based practice and high-quality patient outcomes are hallmarks of exemplary professional practice.

Professional Practice and Development

South Miami Hospital’s Professional Practice Model outlines the nursing structure, mission, vision and guiding principles needed to achieve excellent patient outcomes.

Patient Outcomes

The wound care unit practice council improved patient satisfaction by 50 percent by creating teaching tools that outlined wound infection symptoms and treatments and using the teach-back method.

Nursing Satisfaction

South Miami Hospital participates in the annual National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) RN Survey, which reveals how nurses feel about their work environment. Results of the most recent survey revealed high levels of nursing satisfaction in most units.

Culture of Safety

South Miami Hospital utilizes the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) to track nurse-sensitive indicators such as injury falls and hospital-acquired pressure injuries and benchmark the hospital’s performance against more than 2,000 facilities. For more than eight quarters, South Miami Hospital has outperformed the national benchmark for the majority of nurse sensitive indicators and units.

New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

Nurses engage in evidence-based practice projects, research, performance improvement and innovations to incorporate best clinical practices and operational processes.

Library Services

South Miami Hospital’s library services offer robust resources to support employees who are conducting literature searches, publishing research, preparing presentations, creating staff education and researching evidence-based practice and process improvements.

Scholarly Publications

Scholarly Commons is an institutional repository created to collect, preserve and showcase the scholarly publications of Baptist Health with an internal and external access link:

Research Support

South Miami Hospital’s Research Council is led by a dedicated, PhD-prepared nurse scientist. Nurses are also supported by Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal, a publication of Baptist Health that is produced by nurse scientists from Magnet-recognized hospitals in collaboration with higher education professionals. Since its inception, the journal has published a total of 49 articles related to research, evidence-based practice and performance improvement.

Nurse Research

South Miami Hospital nurses publish research studies to provide guidance and establish best practices in the field. Research studies published recently include:

  • Wakim, N., Bermudez, N., & Sabogal-Rodriguez, C. C. (2022). Exploring Workplace Incivility and Bullying in Healthcare Workers in a South Florida Community Hospital. Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal, 5(1), 4-18. Link:
  • Salazar, S. E., Kahn, P., Costley, J., Linares, R., & Bermudez, N. (2022). Exploring Nurses' Confidence in Providing Support to Bereaved Families following Stillbirth Fetal Loss. Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal, 5(1), 19-27. Link:

Empirical Outcomes

As a Magnet hospital, we measure and track processes and outcomes related to our nursing practice. “Empirical” refers to a result or outcome that has been validated by data to show that real change has occurred because of an initiative or process change.

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