As a baseline to help determine which hospitals meet eligibility requirements, surveyors from the American Nurses Credentialing Center focus, among other things, on what are described as the 14 "forces of magnetism." Along with other, more objective criteria in the accreditation process, these include:
* Quality of nursing leadership: Are they strong, knowledgeable advocates for the staff?
* Organizational structure: Is it decentralized, with strong representation for nurses?
* Management style: Do leaders invite participation and feedback?
* Personnel policies and programs: Are salaries competitive? Are staffers offered flexible schedules?
* Professional models of care: Are nurses given responsibility and authority?
* Quality of care: Is it an organizational priority?
* Quality improvement: Are nurses involved?
* Consultation and resources: Are there adequate human resources?
* Autonomy: Are nurses allowed independent judgment?
* Community and the hospital: Is there a strong presence in the community?
* Nurses as teachers: Are nurses permitted-and expected-to incorporate teaching in all aspects of practice?
* Image of nursing: Is the work of nurses characterized as essential by other members of the healthcare team?
* Interdisciplinary relationships: Is a sense of mutual respect exhibited among all disciplines?
* Professional development: Is significant emphasis placed on in-service education, continuing education and career development?