Creating a Culture of Sustained Excellence

BY: American Nurses Association

Creating and sustaining a culture of excellence empowers nursing staff and other healthcare team members to practice at their very best. The ANCC Pathway to Excellence Program provides the framework for health care settings across the continuum to do just that.

Being credentialed as a Pathway to Excellence Organization means you’ll always work for a healthcare team where nursing leadership is strong, where policies reflect nurse’s input, and we’re a healthy environment calls forth best nursing practice.

The Pathway Standards provide a foundation for creating healthy work environments and enhancing interprofessional collaboration. These evidence-based standards help implement initiatives to strengthen nurse’s role, safeguard well-being of staff, promote a culture of help, and improve the quality of patient care. Our expert staff is eager to provide guidance, resources, tools, and encouragement along the way.

Nurses are a smart investment. Everyone from the executive suite to the bedside will see and feel the difference. Just ask any nurse from a Pathway Organization. You’ll find nurses who are enthusiastic and engaged. When the practice environment is healthy, retention rates rise, patient safety improves, and satisfaction increases.

Take the steps to empower the nurses that lead from the bedside. Live Pathway.

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