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One of the biggest benefits is the framework the Pathway standards provide. The criteria take the guesswork out of the necessary infrastructure to move to excellence. While we stretch to meet select criteria, we can never argue the criteria. It resonates as 'right.' Shared governance takes time to grow and develop. Re-designation forces us to reflect on progress and plan clearly for further strengthening and growth in targeted areas. We are delighted to have a way to measure ourselves. It really does create a pathway that propels us toward excellence.

Pam Greene PHD, RN Chief Nursing Officer The Menninger Clinic

The difference in the strength of our nursing department is palpable. Pride and camaraderie were apparent as we strengthened nurse autonomy and other criteria for designation. Our retention rates improved and staff nurse participation increased significantly as nurses realized the importance of their voice in decision-making. Each nurse received a Pathway to Excellence pin to wear with dignity and honor.

Jane McCurley MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC Chief Nursing Officer North Hills Hospital

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