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Nottingham Children’s Hospital Wins 2021 ANCC Pathway Award®

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—The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced today that Nottingham Children’s Hospital (NCH), part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in Nottingham, England, is the recipient of the 2021 ANCC Pathway Award®, sponsored by Cerner Corporation, a global health care technology company. The award was presented at the 2021 ANCC National Magnet Conference® and the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference® in Atlanta. It honors a project proposal in a Pathway to Excellence®-designated organization that creates a positive nurse practice environment using innovation and technology.

NCH will use the $50,000 purse to develop its winning proposal and report outcomes at next year’s Pathway to Excellence Conference®.

Family Activation of the Pediatric Critical Care Outreach Team is designed to improve patient safety and quality of care while reducing avoidable harm. Nurses will develop and implement a multilingual application families can use to monitor their sick child. This will be co-designed and developed with children and their families, initially piloted within the Children’s Hospital. This aims to empower families through technology to escalate concerns by activating a rapid response that initiates further assessment and rescue intervention from staff. This will be piloted at NCH with the intention of wider implementation for families across the Integrated Care System.

“With this application, families will be involved and empowered to participate in the recognition and rescue of their child in the hospital with the potential to implement in the community and other settings across the care system,” said Michelle Rhodes, MSc, RN, Dip DN, Chief Nursing Officer, Nottingham University Hospitals.

This innovative approach to health care delivery is driven by NCH’s desire to continually provide high-quality care above and beyond the Pathway to Excellence® Practice Standards. It takes into consideration the hospital’s commitment to deliver ‘safety culture together’ care, which incorporates the views and perceptions of the consumer. Because the app is multilingual, it not only has the potential to impact outcomes in NCH’s service area, but also globally.

“While keeping patients top of mind, nurses are one of the key driving forces to transform healthcare in all aspects, from policies to creating accessible high-quality environment for patients,” said Dr. Eva Karp, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Safety Officer, Cerner. “Cerner congratulates Nottingham Children’s Hospital as it continues to innovate to improve patient care and nursing excellence.”

“Collaboration is key to improving the patient experience, and this innovative technology developed by NCH nurses will enable families to be at the heart of health care decisions involving their children,” said Rebecca Graystone, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® and the Pathway to Excellence® Program. “ANCC is thrilled to recognize and reward nurses’ ingenuity that has the potential to transform health care everywhere.”


About the American Nurses Credentialing Center
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits health care 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 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.

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