Miami Children’s Hospital Awarded Nursing ‘Magnet’ Site Honors

About Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

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Nicklaus Children's Hospital was designated as a Magnet organization in 2003, 2008, and 2013 by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program. In October 2018, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is applying for redesignation. Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so.