Nursing Excellence

Nursing Excellence

When you go into nursing, your profession is more than a paycheck. You truly care about the well-being of others, and you want to use your knowledge to help people feel better during their most difficult times. Monument Health nurses lead the way in our organization’s vision to “start with heart,” and are regularly recognized at the organizational, community, and national levels for providing skilled, compassionate care.

Working towards Nursing Excellence in Rapid City.

Preparing for the site visit:

Monument Health Rapid City Market is preparing for its site visit. Read the public notice here.

What is Magnet Recognition?

The highest and most prestigious credential a healthcare organization can achieve for nursing excellence and quality patient care— Pursuit of Magnet Recognition provides a roadmap for nursing excellence.

Magnet recognition is a reflection of strong structures, processes, and outcomes that impacts nursing at all levels; from direct patient care nurses to nursing administration.

How do we demonstrate nursing excellence?

As part of Monument Health’s Magnet journey, we need to submit sources of evidence (SOEs/stories) to validate our excellence in nursing. SOEs/stories include examples of structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation, improvements, and transformational leadership. In addition, we must demonstrate outperformance of the “big three” when compared to similar-sized organizations.

1. Sources of Evidence/Stories

2. “Big Three” Data —

  • Patient Experience
  • RN Engagement
  • Nursing Sensitive Indicators

Learn more about Magnet here.

Achievements & Recognition

  • Daisy Award
  • Black Hills Parent Magazine – Our nurses are frequently honored in their annual Nurses of Excellence award program.
  • Nurses Day Celebration – Nurses Week is a special time of year at Monument Health. While appreciating our nursing caregivers is a year-round focus, Nurses Week is an opportunity for us to truly recognize our nurses’ dedication, compassion and integral role in our organization. Nursing leaders across all locations have a tradition of honoring nurses with awards, giving out prizes, organizing fun activities, having nursing-focused vendor fairs, providing yummy food, and more.
    • Star Awards – In 2009, the Nursing Shared Decision-Making councils established the Nursing STAR Awards as a way to recognize the contributes of nurses and caregivers who support nursing across Monument Health. Each year, outstanding caregivers are nominated by their peers, co-workers, supervisors and directors. Then the Professional Development Council anonymously reviews each nomination and selects a minimum of nine nursing caregivers per market for their contributions to excellence.
  • PATH ‘Patient at the heart’ –  is Monument Health’s caregiver & physician newsletter where nurses are highlighted several times throughout the year.
  • Rapid City Journal Nurses of Excellence

Contact Us

If you have any questions, or if you would like more information,
please feel free to contact us.


Human Resources 605-755-5510
Careers 605-755-5627

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