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About Pathway

The release of the 2020 Pathway to Excellence & Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care Application Manual is scheduled for February 2020. 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 will be included in this one manual. There will be some new concepts, however, much of the 2020 manual will remain 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.
 

Nurses operate on the front line of health care, dedicating their working lives to protecting, promoting, and improving health care for all. To do this to the best of their ability they need to operate in an environment that supports their own needs and promotes high standards.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) believes every nurse deserves to be working in such an environment. The Pathway to Excellence Program® – the premier designation for healthy work environments – recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate a commitment to establishing the foundation of a healthy workplace for staff.

Pathway Standards impact a range of factors that influence bottom-line results, such as employee turnover, job satisfaction and engagement, productivity and teamwork, nursing-sensitive quality indicators, errors and safety events, and patient satisfaction.

The opportunity to attain the Pathway designation – and potentially join the growing number of elite organizations that now hold both the Pathway and Magnet® designations simultaneously – is available to any domestic or international health care organization where nurses are employed.

The Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care Program is a separate program that recognizes the essential elements of an ideal nursing practice environment in long term care.

Benefits

When Pathway Standards are encultured throughout an organization, the nurses, the patients, the organization itself, and the community it serves all benefit.

Improving nurse satisfaction

Achieving Pathway to Excellence secures your organization’s status as a positive practice environment. Pathway Standards help improve nurse satisfaction and engagement. Pathway to Excellence promotes shared decision-making, accountable leadership, quality and safe care, professional development, and balanced lifestyles for nurses. These factors increase job satisfaction, reduce work stress, and prevent burnout. 

Retaining choice nursing staff and leaders

Turnover is costly to any organization considering the direct and indirect costs. Even more detrimental is the impact turnover has on workforce morale and clinical quality outcomes. Preventing just one instance of nurse turnover covers the cost of the designation and makes the journey worthwhile.

Cultivating inter-professional teamwork

Pathway-designated organizations enjoy higher levels of collegial relationships, collaboration, and mutual respect. Pathway Standards promote practice environments where nurses have a voice, work collaboratively with their colleagues, and everyone’s contribution is valued. 

Championing quality nursing practice

A positive nursing practice environment enhances staff engagement and unit effectiveness, which leads to better patient experiences, satisfaction, safety, and outcomes. Pathway Standards assure leadership’s support for nurses, enabling them to lead at the bedside and achieve professional success.

Supporting business growth

The voices of nurses from all levels contribute to collaborative problem-solving, improved quality, and cost savings across the organization. Pathway Standards impact a range of factors that influence bottom-line results, such as employee turnover, job satisfaction and engagement, productivity and teamwork, nursing-sensitive quality indicators, errors and safety events, and patient satisfaction. Engaged nurses are key to sustaining a culture of excellence. Hardwiring excellence strengthens the organization’s financial stability in this value-based landscape and gives organizations a competitive edge in the market.

See more detailed information about the benefits of Pathway, along with a series of testimonials and case studies.

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Pathway Program Overview

The Pathway to Excellence Program® is the premier designation for healthy work environments and recognizes health care organizations and Long Term Care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. Any size or type of health care group where nurses care for patients may apply. Long term care organizations pursue a dedicated application and review process that addresses elements unique to that environment. Learn more about Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care.

To qualify, organizations meet six Practice Standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment. Applicants undergo a review process to fully document the integration of those standards in the organization's practices, policies, and culture. Pathway designation can only be achieved if an organization's nurses validate the data and other evidence submitted, via an independent, confidential survey. This critical element exemplifies the theme of empowering and giving nurses a voice.

Nurses trust that Pathway-designated organizations respect nursing contributions, support professional development and nurture optimal practice environments. Communities want satisfied nurses because they are better equipped to deliver higher quality care.

Organizations may hold Pathway and Magnet designations simultaneously.

Benefits

  • Improve nurse satisfaction
  • Retain choice nursing staff & leaders
  • Cultivate inter-professional teamwork
  • Champion high-quality nursing practice
  • Support business growth

 

Credential Marks
Organizations that achieve Pathway to Excellence designation gain the advantage of using an official logo (shown below) in their marketing and promotion. The Pathway to Excellence® and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care® certification marks are legally trademarked symbols and must be used in accordance with Pathway to Excellence Toolkit & Logo Guidelines

Pathway Designated Logo

Questions?

pathwayinfo@ana.org
1.800.284.2378

Pathway Standards impact a range of factors that influence bottom-line results, such as employee turnover, job satisfaction and engagement, productivity and teamwork, nursing-sensitive quality indicators, errors and safety events, and patient satisfaction.

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