Penrose-St. Francis Health Services - Magnet Designation

Public Notice

Magnet Recognition Program® - Site Visit

  • Penrose-St. Francis Health Services was designated as a Magnet organization in 2014 by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In December 2018, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is applying for redesignation.
  • Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so. Anyone may send comments via e-mail and direct mail. All comments received by phone must be followed up in writing to the Magnet Program Office.
  • Your comments must be received by the Magnet Program Office by December 2, 2018.

Note: All comments are CONFIDENTIAL and are not shared with the health care organization. Comments may be anonymous, but they must be sent in writing to the Magnet Program Office.


American Nurses Credentialing Center (Ancc)
Magnet Recognition Program Office
8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492


Phone: 866-588-3301 (toll free) All comments received by phone must be followed up in writing to the Magnet Program Office. 

  • Glossary

    Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Abbreviations and Acronyms

    Term or Acronym Definintion
      Nursing Certifications are available in SE4
    24-7 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
    AACN American Association of Critical Care Nurses
    AACPR Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
    AACVPR American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    AADE American Association of Diabetes Educators
    AAHFN American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
    AANP American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    ACCN American College of Cardiovascular Nurses
    ACE Alliance for Clinical Educaiton
    ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    ACS Acute Coronary Syndrome
    ADA American Diabetes Association
    ADE Adverse Drug Event
    ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution
    ADT Admission, Discharge, Transfer
    AED Automated External Defibrillator
    AHA America Heart Association
    AHEC Area Health Education Center
    AIDET Ackowledge, Introduction, Duration, Explanation, Thanks - a tool to help patient interactions 
    ANA American Nursing Association
    ANCC American Nurses Credentialing Center
    AND Associate Degree in Nursing
    ANGEL African-American Women Nurturing and Giving Each Other Life
    ANNA American Nephrology Nurses' Assocation
    AONE American Organization of Nurse Executives
    AORN American Assoc of Operating Room Nurses
    APIC Assoc for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
    APIC  Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. 
    APNs Advanced Practice Nurses
    ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
    ASCENT Training Program for New Nurses. Allows them to gradually integrate into role
    ASPAN American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses
    Avg Average
    BBU Bariatric and Back Unit
    BLS Basic Life Support
    BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    BSR Bedsice Shift Report
    BWI Basic Wage Increase
    CAH Cancer Hospital (PSFHS Cancer Treatment areas)
    Cath Lab Cardiac Catherization Lab
    CAUTI Catheter Associated Urinary Track Infection
    CBT Computer Based Training
    CCNE Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence
    CCU Critical Care Unit
    CCUC Cripple Creek Urgent Care - located in Cripple Creek, CO
    CDC Center for Disease Control
    CE  Continuing Education (also CNE for Continuing Nurse Education)
    CEC Clinical Excellence Committee
    CEO Chief Executive Officer
    CFO Chief Financial Officer
    CHF Congestive Heart Failure
    CHI Catholic Health Initiatives - PSFHS and Centura Parent Company
    CHRP The Comprehensive Healthcare Re-entry Program
    CINAHL Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature
    CIWA Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment and Alcohol Scale
    CKD Chronic Kidney Disease
    CLABSI Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections
    CM Clinical Manager
    CMC Clinical Management Council
    CMO Chief Medical Officer
    CMS  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    CMSA Case Management Society of America
    CNA Certified Nurse Assistant
    CNA Colorado Nursing Association
    CNC Community Network of Caring
    CNO  Chief Nursing Officer
    CNOR Certified Nurse Operating Room
    CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist
    CONL Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders
    COO  Chief Operating Officer
    COPIC a risk management/patient safety liability insurance company
    COVAN Colorado Venous Access Nurse
    CPIH Centura Partners in Health
    CPOE Computerized Provider (or Physician) Order Entry
    CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    CQI Continuous Quality Improvement
    CS Central Supply
    CT Computerized Tomography
    CV Cardiovascular
    DNR Do Not Resuscitate
    DRG Diagnosis Related Groups
    DWC Director's Workforce Council
    e.g. exempli gratis (example)
    EAM Effective Aggressions Management
    EAP Employee Assistance Program
    EBP Evidence Based Practice/ Evidence-Based Practice
    ECG/EKG Electrocardiogram
    ED Emergency Department (also known as ER or Emergency Room)
    EDM Emergency Department Module (Meditech)
    Education Dept. also known as the Educational Services or Resources Dept. 
    EEO Equal  Employment Opportunity
    EHR Electronic Health Record
    EMR Electronic Medical Record
    EMT Emergency Medical Technician
    ENA Emergency Nurses Association
    ENMO Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation
    ENPC Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course
    EOE Equal Opportunity Employer
    ER Emergency Room (also known as ED or Emergency Department)
    ERD's Catholic Bishop's Ethical and Religious Directives
    FAQs Frequently Asked Questions
    FCN Faith Community Nurses
    FMEA Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
    FMLA Family and Medical Leave Act
    FOCUS PDCA PSFHS Format for QI documentation and implementation:  Find a Process to Improve, Organize a team, Clarify current knowledge, Understand cause of variation, Select the process improvement, Plan the improvement, Do the improvement, Check the results, Act to hold the gain.
    FTE Full Time Equivalent
    GHI Global health Iniatives
    GI Gastrointestinal
    GWTG Registry Get with the Guidelines National Registry
    H*Works Health Care Advisory Board Program/Consultation for Surgery Services
    HCA Healthcare Corporation of America
    HCAHPS The HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care. 
    HCS Healthcare Workers
    HIV Human Immunosuppressive Virus
    HPPD Hours per Patient Day
    HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration
    ICU Intensive Care Unit
    IDP Interdisciplinary Policy 
    IDPC Interdisciplinary Policy Committee
    IHI Institute for Healthcare Improvement
    INS Infusion Nursing Society
    IT Information Technology
    Kronos   Brand name of payroll software 
    L&D Labor and Delivery Unit, part of Birth Center
    LDI Leadership Development Institute
    LEARN Online Education and Training Modules
    LEM Leadership Evaluation Manager - Leadership training tools
    LOS Length of Stay
    LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
    LSB Langstaff Brown Urgent Care - located in Woodland Park, CO
    MBO Management By Objectives
    MEC Medical Executive Committee
    Med Rec Medication Reconciliation
    Meditech Clinical Documentation Charting system
    MHC Mental Health Counselor
    MIM Mission in Motion
    MMR Measles, Mumps & Rubella
    MRSA Methicillin Resistant Staph Aoreus
    MSM Master of Science in Management
    MSN Master of Science in Nursing
    NAON National Association of Orthopedic Nurses
    NDNQI National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators
    NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    NIHSS National Institute of Health Stroke Scale
    NLC Nursing Leadersip Council
    NMC Nurse Management Council
    NMLC Nurse Managers Leadership Council
    NNSDO National Nursing Staff Development Organization
    NPC Nursing Practice Council
    NPSG National Patient Safety Goals
    NQF National Quality Forum
    NRP Neonatal Resuscitation Program
    NTI National Teaching Institute
    Onboarding  Term to describe from time of acceptance of offer how new nurses are welcomed and brought in to the PSFHS family up to two years post-hire. 
    ONS Oncology Nurses Society
    OO Organizational Overview
    OPS Outpatient Surgery
    OR Operating Room
    OSA Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    OT Occupational Therapy
    PACU Post Anesthesia Care Unit
    PALS Pediatric Advanced Life Support
    PCCN Progresive Care Certified Nurse
    PCS Patient Care System (Meditech) used on general nursing units
    PCUC Penrose Community Urgent Care - located at our former hospital site
    PDC Nursing Professional Development Council
    PeriOp Perioperative Areas - Outpatient Surgery, OR, GI Lab, PACU, RCU
    PES  Practice Environment Scale survey instrument administered by NDNQI (also called NDNQI PES)
    PFCC Patient Family Centered Care
    PH Penrose Hospital
    PhD Doctor of Philosophy
    PPE  Personal Protective Equipment
    PPM Professional Practice Model
    Press Ganey  Brand name of patient satisfaction vendor 
    PSFHS Penrose-St. Francis Health Services - Inclusive of all sites
    PT Physical Therapy
    PUP Pressure Ulcer Preventiion
    Pyxis Medication dispensing cabinet
    QI/PI Quality Improvement/Performance Improvement
    RBC Relationship Based Care
    RCA Root Cause Analysis
    RCU Radiology Care Unit
    RDM Rapid Decision Making
    RE:  Regarding
    RMADE Rocky Mt Diabetes Edcuation
    RMPANA Rocky Mountain Perianesthesia Nurses Association
    RMSGNA Rocky Mountain Scoeity of Gastroenterology Nurses 
    RN Registered Nurse
    RRT Rapid Response Team
    RT Respiratory Therapy
    RTS Resolve Through Sharing
    SBARQ  Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation-Question. PSFHS model for handoff communication
    SE Structural Empowerment
    SET Service Empowerment Transformation - Low Income clinic sponsored by PSFHS
    SFMC St. Francis Medical Center
    SGNA Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
    SHARE Customer Loyalty Program taught to new associates: Sense needs, Help meet needs, Acknowledge presence and needs, Respect each person, Explain what you are doing.
    SOE   Source of Evidence
    ST  Speech Therapy
    STTI Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
    TB Tuberculosis
    TBI Tramautic Brain Injury
    TJC   The Joint Commission
    TL Transformational Leadership
    TLC The Learning Connection - Nursing Newsletter
    TNCC Trauma Nursing Core Course
    TRALI Transfusion Reaction Acute Lung Injury
    UPC Unit Practice Council
    UTI Urinary Tract Infection
    VAP Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
    VAT Vascular Access Team
    VIA Value Impact Analysis
    VP   Vice President
    WOCN Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses' Society
    PICC Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter
      PSFHS Nursing Units at Various Sites
      Penrose Main - 2222 North Nevada
    11 Oncology
    10 Infusion Center (south) and Medical Unit (north)
    9 Post op general, urological 
    8 Capron Rehabilitation Unit
    7 Post op and general orthopedic
    5 Medical, renal, dialysis
    4 Medical
    3 GI Lab, Cardiology Outpatient Testing
    3 East Cardiovascular Step Down - CVU
    2 OR, PACU, Outpatient Surgery (OPS), AM Admit
    2 East Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Bariatric Back Unit (BBU)
    1 Emergency Room (ED) and Radiology Care Unit (RCU) 
      St. Francis Medical Center - 6001 E. Woodman Road
    5 North Surgical
    5 South Medical
    3 L&D, Post Partum, NICU, Nursery
    2 ICU, OR, PACU, GI Lab, Outpatient Surgery AM Admit
    1 Emergency Room (ED)
      Penrose Community Health Center- 3205 North Academy
      Wound Clinic and Urgent Care (PCUC)
      Langstaff Brown Urgent Care - Woodland Park, CO (LSB)
      Cripple Creek Urgent Care - Cripple Creek, CO  (CCUC)
  • Site Instructions

    Welcome to the Penrose St. Francis Health Services Hospital Magnet Re-designation site! Our online Magnet designation document is designed to be easy to read and navigate using a Web browser, (IE 9+ Recommended) and follows the same conventions and standards found on the World Wide Web.

    To sign into the Designation Application site, click on the following link:

    Penrose St. Francis Health Services Hospital Magnet designation Website

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    Navigation and Structure

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    Table of Contents

    The table of contents consists of folders and topics. It is divided into seven main folders. Five of them correspond to the main Magnet criteria, and two more contain easy links to the reference documents and the appendices. The folders contain all of the questions and their supporting documents. To view any question or its supporting documents, simply click the desired link. Use your mouse wheel or scroll button to move through a question or other document and your Back button to view pages you recently viewed.

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