Before You Apply
The 2020 Pathway to Excellence & Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care Application Manual is now available for purchase. This is a revision of both the 2016 Pathway to Excellence and 2017 Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care Application manuals. The requirements for both designations are included in this one manual. There are some new concepts, however, much of the 2020 manual remains similar to the current versions. Organizations applying or re-applying for either designation are required to write to the new elements of performance in the 2020 manual beginning with the February 1, 2021 cycle.
Conducting a self-assessment is a good first step to determine whether your organization meets the requirements for Pathway to Excellence or Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care designation. Nurses at all levels conduct a self-assessment and fully document how the Pathway Practice Standards are active in their practices, policies, and culture. The process enables your organization to compare itself against the program's compulsory elements to measure your current state. Applying for Pathway to Excellence or Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care designation is a significant commitment that requires three key elements: high-level oversight, a realistic timeline, and a realistic budget. The following resources are available to assist in the decision process:
- Long Term Care Self-Assessment of Organizational Culture [pdf]
- Acute Care Self-Assessment of Organizational Culture [pdf]
Pathway to Excellence® Organizational Self Assessment Tool will aid potential applicants and redesignating organizations in preparing for the application process.
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