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ANCC Announces Increased Recognition for Nurses Working to Make a Difference in Health Care


Shannon McClendon



Keziah Proctor



SILVER SPRING, MD — The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a national credentialing body dedicated to advancing nursing, has proudly announced an increase in 2020 funds for both the ANCC Magnet Prize®, and the ANCC Pathway Award®, awarded each year to organizations that make an impactful and valuable contribution to the nursing profession and health care. This year, with the support from Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN), a global health care technology company, the ANCC Magnet Prize will increase to $75,000. This award is presented to a Magnet-recognized organization in which cutting-edge research, technologies, and innovations support patient care, nursing excellence and positive outcomes. Additionally, the ANCC Pathway Award, presented each year to a Pathway-designated facility that promotes the role of the nurse in the practice environment through innovation and transitions of care, will increase to $50,000.

“With the current global COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to recognize and honor nurses and care teams on the front lines. ANCC is proud to work with Cerner each year to recognize so many brilliant nurses and their tireless efforts to improve the delivery of health care,” said Rebecca Graystone, ANCC Vice President, Magnet Recognition Program® and Pathway to Excellence®. “We are thrilled about the generous additional investment by Cerner, which will help us continue to support nurses in their pursuit of excellence as they make an even greater impact on the health of communities across the nation.”

Nurses around the globe play a vital role in continuing to provide high-quality and innovative care to patients, as well as protecting the health of their communities. Awards like these helps further implement and expand projects that demonstrate innovative nursing programs and practices.

“Cerner has worked with ANCC for more than a decade to recognize the most innovative nursing teams that are changing the way health systems care for their patients,” said Dr. Eva Karp, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical and Patient Safety Officer, Cerner. “We’re proud to support nurses across the country as they use cutting-edge technology to make a real difference in patients’ lives and transform the future of health care. Cerner is especially honored to champion care teams and the millions of clinicians that access our technology daily as they protect the health of our communities during this global pandemic.”

This year’s Magnet Prize and Pathway Award will be presented at the ANCC National Magnet Conference® and ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference® scheduled in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2021. Both awards represent the highest honors ANCC bestows within the Magnet and Pathway to Excellence communities. Cerner has proudly sponsored both awards since 2007 and 2012 respectively.

Last year, ANCC awarded Charles George VA Medical Center the 2019 ANCC Pathway Award for their proposal to use virtual reality immersion therapy as an alternative to opioid usage for pain management among Veterans and other patient populations. ANCC awarded the 2019 ANCC Magnet Prize to OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center for developing a multifaceted, six-part intervention to reduce food insecurity and improve health outcomes in the community.

The 2020 nominations call for ANCC Pathway Award has closed. The 2020 ANCC Magnet Prize call for nominations will open later this summer.


About the Pathway to Excellence® Program: 

The Pathway to Excellence® Program recognizes health care and long-term care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. To qualify, organizations meet Pathway Standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment. Nurses trust that Pathway-designated organizations respect their contributions, support professional development, and nurture optimal work settings.

 About the ANCC Magnet Prize®:

The ANCC Board of Directors established the Magnet Prize to encourage the pursuit of excellence. The prize recognizes organizations with unique programs where innovative action transforms nursing practice. The interventions and outcomes benefit the nursing profession as a whole and have direct impact on patients in various settings. This award serves as a means for acknowledging peak performance within credentialed Magnet organizations and is the highest honor ANCC bestows within the Magnet community. Cerner has sponsored the award since 2007.

About ANCC
The mission of the
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is to lead the profession to shape the future of nursing and health care. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and accredits transition-to-practice programs that prepare nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at and follow us on Twitter. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

About Cerner

Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at thousands of contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit Cerner.comThe Cerner Blog or connect on FacebookInstagram, LinkedInTwitter or The Cerner Podcast. Nasdaq: CERN. Health care is too important to stay the same.

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