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UIHC Nurses Get Magnet Recognition Certification

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- The nursing staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics can now count itself as one of the best departments in the world, thanks to a new accreditation. 
On Thursday, the nursing staff received its third consecutive Magnet certification, making it one of only 52 hospitals in the country with that achievement. The Magnet certification requires a two-year tracking and reporting process that grades nurses on service and patient care. 
Dozens of nursing staff members gathered in the hospital's East Room to hear the official phone call from the Commission on Magnet, announcing that the department was successfully accredited for the third time. 
"It's very thrilling, amazing," said registered nurses Lisa Kongable and Linda Boehmer. 
Not many nurses in the world get that kind of news. 
"It's just the pinnacle of my career," said chief nursing officer Ann Williamson. 
Magnet program director BJ Hannon has led the department through all three of the certifications, totaling six years of very intensive application work. 
"I do it because I love the nurses here, and I want them to get the recognition and I want them to know how much they are appreciated, and how much what they do is so important to our hospital," Hannon said. 
That work is extremely important just a few floors down, where nurse Lindsay Gaskell reads Tim Dobson his chemotherapy instructions. 
"I tell people, if you're looking for a hobby, don't choose chemotherapy," Dobson said. 
Dobson has lymphoma, and has been going through chemotherapy treatments since April. He's at the hospital every three weeks. 
"This is my vacation home, my wife comes along as a chaperone, and I have a date with these wonderful nurses," Dobson said. 
Dobson doesn't know anything about the Magnet certification, and didn't know what it meant before Thursday, but he knows a lot about nurses who received the honor, and what they mean to him. 
"The first time I was here, the lovely young lady that was taking care of me treated me like a king. I've never been babied so much in my life. They must be trained to be that nice, because I don't think anybody can be that nice all the time," he said. 
 
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