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The Pathway to Excellence® Program, valued as the premier health care practice environment credential in the world guides the positive transformation of practice environments in multiple settings to build a global community of healthcare organizations committed to nursing workplace excellence. The program recognizes healthcare organizations’ commitment to creating a positive practice environment that empowers and engages staff. The supportive and empowering structure in Pathway-designated organizations with a focus on well-being plays a key role in the successful recruitment and retention of high-performing nursing staff, driving improvements in patient safety and quality of care. The Pathway program’s evidence-based standards provide an essential framework for creating a culture of sustained excellence—a critical goal for organizations to thrive in this challenging value-based world.

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As part of ANCC's participation in the Sigma Repository the following material types will be found in this collection:

  • Nursing Research Materials
  • Columns
  • Webinars
  • Previous Conference Materials (Posters, Presentations, etc.)
  • Education Materials (Videos, Webinars, Podcasts, etc.)

Recent Submissions

  • Pathway and Sigma partnership: Leveraging professional branding 

    Gray, Sarah E.; Dans, Maricon (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2022-06)
    The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Pathway to Excellence® Program (Pathway) and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) are harnessing their collective impact to grow in value and benefit ...
  • Innovative residency strategies for transitioning to practice new graduate nurses 

    Patterson, Barbara
    The purpose of this study is to stimulate change in how new registered nurses are trained and transitioned from their academic preparation to the workforce. Through specific individualized learning modalities which support ...
  • Adding the patient's perspective to hand cleaning compliance 

    Arnold, Barbara; James, Cynthia
    The aim of this project is to improve hand cleaning compliance rates of HCPs by adding the patient's perspective to the multi-modal hand cleaning practices. Patients’ views and opinions are usually not included in ...
  • Well-being and culture transformation with Dr. Christine Pabico and Paulette Sepe: HealthCare's MissingLogic, Episode 113 

    Christopherson, Tracy; Troseth, Michelle; Pabico, Christine; Sepe, Paulette (MissingLogic LLC, 2021-09-08)
    Healthcare's MissingLogic Podcast serves healthcare leaders in living a resilient and balanced life, and to work with healthcare organizations committed to creating healthy, healing work cultures. The battle against ...
  • Meaningful recognition: An imperative for nurse manager well-being 

    Barnes, Bonnie; Barnes, Mark; Pabico, Christine (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2021-10)
    The DAISY® Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created in 1999 out of grief for the loss of Patrick Barnes to recognize nurses for their compassionate care. The program now honors exceptional nurses from around the ...
  • 2020 ANCC Pathway Award® winner 

    Ball, Sarah; Diggins, Kristine; Martindale, Nairobi; Patterson, Angela; Pohnert, Anne M.; Thomas, Jacinta; Todd, Tammy; Bates, Melissa (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2021-08)
    Each year since 2011, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has partnered with Cerner to bestow the ANCC Pathway Award® on a Pathway to Excellence®-designated organization to elevate the practice ...
  • Partnering for maximum impact: Pathway to Excellence® and Sigma team up to benefit nurses 

    Pabico, Christine; Abel, Sarah E. (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2021-04)
    The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence® Program (Pathway) and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) have harnessed the synergy between both organizations ...
  • 2020 Pathway Nurse of the Year Award™ winners 

    McCright, Maggie; Dans, Maricon (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2021-02)
    When nurses are recognized for the vital role they play and their contributions to a positive work environment, it helps organizations create and sustain a culture of excellence. Meaningful recognition, a critical component ...
  • Set up for success: How the Pathway to Excellence® framework supports ambulatory care nurses 

    Harris, Patience; Lewis, C. Preston; Graystone, Rebecca (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2020-12)
    Healthcare is undergoing dramatic and unprecedented change. In particular, care delivered by nurses in ambulatory care settings, chiefly telehealth, has seen explosive growth in 2020 fueled by COVID-19. Now more than ever, ...
  • Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with the Pathway to Excellence® framework 

    Sepe, Paulette; Hargreaves, Jennifer (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2020-08)
    On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization acknowledged the devastating reach of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by categorizing it as a pandemic. The severity of COVID-19's impact has changed the healthcare landscape ...
  • Nursing practice environment and care quality in nursing homes: A case study of the Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care® model 

    White, Elizabeth; Woodford, Erin; Britton, Julie; Newberry, Lynn W.; Pabico, Christine (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2020-06)
    Patient acuity and care complexity in nursing homes have increased over time, fueling demand for skilled, high-quality nursing care in this setting.  RNs provide vital leadership, surveillance, and care coordination, ...
  • Introducing the 2020 Pathway to Excellence® manual: Building positive practice environments around the globe 

    Bates, Melissa; Hargreaves, Jennifer; McCright, Maggie; Pabico, Christine; Hume, Leigh (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2020-04)
    The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence® Program recognizes organizations that create positive practice environments for nursing. To achieve Pathway designation, organizations must ...
  • Sustaining a positive practice environment after Pathway to Excellence® designation 

    Hume, Leigh; Hall, Michael (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2020-02)
    Organizations that seek Pathway to Excellence® Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ...
  • An investment in staff well-being 

    Hume, Leigh (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2018-12)
    "You can't give what you don't have." The implications of such a simple statement from Dr. Maureen Bisognano, keynote speaker at the 2016 Gothenburg International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, are far reaching ...
  • Creating a culture of lifelong learning: A strategy for organizational success 

    Pabico, Christine; Perkins, Charles K.; Graebe, Jennifer; Cosme, Sheri; Bates, Melissa (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2019-02)
    A competent workforce supported by continuing professional development (CPD) is the foundation of successful healthcare organizations. Those who invest in CPD recognize the impact it has on optimizing performance and ...
  • Investing in leadership 

    Lunkdmark, Vicki; Hargreaves, Jennifer (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2019-04)
    With the aging of the nursing workforce, more than 500,000 seasoned RNs are expected to retire by 2022, raising concerns about a pending shortage of nurse leaders. At the same time, there are indications that currently ...
  • Support for nurses earning doctoral degrees 

    Bates, Melissa; Hargreaves, Jennifer; Perron, Sarah; Denny, Janette E. (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2019-06)
    In 2011, The Future of Nursing report made the bold recommendation to increase bachelor's-prepared nurses to 80% by 2020. To achieve this impressive goal, the number of doctorally prepared nurses needs to increase to provide ...
  • Addressing workplace violence with the Pathway to Excellence® framework 

    McCright, Maggie; Blair, Mendy; Applegate, Beverly; Griggs, Phyllis; Backus, Marcie; Pabico, Christine (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2019-08)
    Workplace violence, incivility, and bullying play a significant role in nurse job satisfaction and intent to leave. This emerging trend is alarming and requires attention for several reasons. According to the 2019 ...
  • 2018 Pathway Award® winner: Pentec Health uses Pathway to Excellence® standards and technology to reduce pain and anxiety during targeted drug delivery 

    Harris, Patience; Li, Leann; McHenry, Karen; Dans, Maricon (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2019-12)
    When nurses are empowered to practice at their highest level, they can contribute to improving patient care and advancing evidence-based nursing practice. That's why in 2011, the American Nurses Credentialing Center launched ...
  • A framework for culture transformation in international healthcare organizations 

    Harris, Patience; Pena, Mario Rosario "Cherry" G.; Pabico, Christine; Dans, Maricon (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2018-10)
    Numerous changes impacting healthcare settings globally have heightened the focus on improving quality of care and patient safety. Global health leaders increasingly recognize that creating an organizational culture and a ...

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