Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Achieves Magnet® Recognition Again

Highest national honor recognizes commitment to nursing excellence

FAIRFAX, VA –  Inova Fair Oaks Hospital attained Magnet recognition for the third time, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practices. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

Receiving Magnet recognition for the third time is a great achievement for Inova Fair Oaks Hospital as it continues to proudly belong to the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Only 477 U.S. healthcare organizations, out of more than 6,300 hospitals, have achieved Magnet recognition.

“Magnet recognition is a privilege and is highly valued by our staff, patients, providers and prospective employees as a sign of distinction and honor,” said Deborah Fulbrook, EdM, MHS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. “This recognition is a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides many benefits to patients, families and communities, such as:

• Higher patient satisfaction regarding nurse communication, the availability of help and receipt of discharge information
• Lower risk of 30-day mortality and the ability to identify and treat complications quickly
• Higher job satisfaction among nurses

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges healthcare organizations. The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

“One of the reasons I chose Inova Fair Oaks Hospital was because of the Magnet designation, so being a part of the redesignation process was an incredible experience for me,” said Regina O’Connor, RN, BSN, Staff Nurse, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. “Magnet designation reinforces the emphasis we place on safety, patient experience and teamwork every day. I am honored to be part of a team of nurses that takes such pride in the work they do.”

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About Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is a top-ranked 182-bed acute care community hospital serving the rapidly growing suburbs of Northern Virginia. Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is committed to providing safe care, excellent service and is continuously striving to improve each patient’s unique experience. Signature service lines include spine, weight loss, joint replacement and minimally invasive surgery. State-of-the-art cancer care and maternity services are also are among their signature offerings. Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is a fully accredited Comprehensive Center for Bariatric Surgery and a designated Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. To learn more about Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, please visit

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program
The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit


1 Comment

  1. Valerie on October 4, 2021 at 10:15 am

    I note this article is old, but two weeks ago, Sept. 2021, I had a colonoscopy at Fair Oaks. It’s an outpatient procedure, but the level of nursing was excellent. They were busy, efficient, but all pleasant and obviously well-organized and caring. The surgical team, led by Dr. Nader Balba, did a an excellent job with the procedure, making me feel comfortable and at ease. Both Dr. Balba, the nurse anesthetist, and a nurse helped me after the surgery and I felt good about the whole experience, even though I was dreading it! Thank you for maintaining a high level of nursing care.

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