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Pathway Award

The American Nurses Credentialing Center is proud to launch the 2020 ANCC Pathway Award®, sponsored by Cerner, to support the efforts of the Pathway facilities’ advancements in a program that promotes the use of state-of-the-art technology in the practice setting. The $25,000 award will honor a project proposal in a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization that demonstrates innovation and technology to create a positive practice environment.

General Information

The project will be aligned with the Pathway to Excellence Practice Standards and will advance the quality of care in the designated organization.

In addition to the $25,000 purse, conference registration expenses for the winner to attend the annual ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference® will be provided for two years. Winner must agree to send the CEO, CNO, and the project leader to the Pathway Conference in Orlando, FL on May 13-15, 2020 to accept the award. The winning organization must be able to complete their project within a year, so they can present their project outcomes at the Pathway to Excellence Conference 2021, the year following their award. They will receive recognition at the Pathway to Excellence Conference, on the ANCC website, and with an award trophy presented by ANCC and Cerner.


Eligibility Requirement

  • The ANCC Pathway Award Sponsored by Cerner is awarded only to Pathway to Excellence-designated organizations.
  • The winning organization must be currently Pathway-designated and in good standing through May 31, 2021.
  • Only one application may be submitted per organization.


Submission of an innovative technology project that addresses all of the following criteria:

  • Advances the Pathway to Excellence Practice Standards
  • Improves the practice environment
  • Have a community or global impact
  • Ability to be replicated by other organizations
  • Allocation of the award money

Application Process

Applications will be submitted online and will be limited to no more than 1,500 typewritten words using the electronic form provided.

The application must include:

  • Project Abstract (150 words)
  • Description of Project (350 words)
  • Project Proposal demonstrating application to criteria (1,000 words)
  • Applications will be evaluated by a peer-review panel


Completed applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) on Sunday, January 12, 2020.


Pathway Award Application Step 1
The Pathway to Excellence® Award Application for 2020 is now closed.


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