The Vision for the Pathway to Excellence Program
A vision is a statement about the desired future. When thinking about the future, Pathway to Excellence healthcare organizations will be known for creating work environments where nurses can flourish. They will be places identified as nursing practice settings where a collaborative atmosphere prevails with a positive impact on nurse job satisfaction and retention. They will be seen as best places to work because a balanced lifestyle is encouraged, where nurses feel their contributions are valued as patient care partners in health care to the community.
Pathway to Excellence Standards
Based on evidence and expert nurse input, the Pathway to Excellence Practice Standards represent qualities that both nurses and researchers agree are critical to high quality nursing practice, professional development, and job satisfaction. ANCC encourages the use of these standards in all nursing practice environments. The Pathway to Excellence practice standards are:
Nurses Control the Practice of Nursing
The Work Environment is Safe and Healthy
Systems are in Place to Address Patient Care and Practice Concerns
Orientation Prepares New Nurses
The Chief Nursing Officer is Qualified and Participates in all Levels
Professional Development is Provided and Utilized
Competitive Wages/Salaries are in Place
Nurses are Recognized for Achievements
A Balanced Lifestyle is Encouraged
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Relationships are Valued and Supported
Nurse Managers are Competent and Accountable
A Quality Program and Evidence-Based Practices are Utilized
What Makes this Program Unique?
ANCC’s Pathway to Excellence Program® recognizes the foundational elements of an ideal nursing practice environment whereas the Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes excellence in nursing and patient care. Pathway to Excellence standards focus on the workplace, a balanced lifestyle for nurses, and policies and procedures that support nurses on the job. Written documentation and a confidential, online nurse survey confirm the standards are met.
Is Your Organization Ready?
Use the Pathway to Excellence self-assessment tool to determine if your organization is ready to begin the application process. E-mail the Pathway to Excellence Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Watch for upcoming articles with more information about the Pathway to Excellence program. Topics include:
The Many Benefits of Pathway to Excellence Designation
Getting Started: Organizational Assessment and Gap Analysis
The 12 Practice Standards and Elements of Performance
How to Apply for Pathway to Excellence Designation
The Pathway to Excellence Designation Evaluation Process
Case Study: A Pathway to Excellence Facility
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Cite this: Ellen Swartwout. ANCC's Pathway to Excellence Program - Medscape - Mar 05, 2010.