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

  • Prioritizing wellness in a multi-site new graduate nurse residency program 

    Wilkins Howard, Andrea; Richardson, Kristie; Jones, Abby; Rella, Julianne; Acevedo-Sanic, Amalia; Turnbull, Klaria; Caudill, Halea; Gay, James C.; Bannis, Sophia; Fruitticher, Jennifer; Ross, Amy; Chambers, Belinda; Robinson, Stephanie; Palmer, Catherine
    New Graduate Registered Nurse (NGRN) burn-out is an increasing, but not well studied phenomena (Xie et al., 2021).  Purpose: The purpose of the study is to determine if prioritizing wellness in a newly built, ...
  • Developing emerging nurse leaders 

    Brigstock, Tracey; Dunn, Lisa; Price, Heather; Higgins, Sally; Bates, Melissa (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2023-08)
    At a time of continuous advancements in healthcare, nurse leaders play a fundamental role in influencing change and driving improvement, both to enhance patient outcomes and experience and to create and sustain positive ...
  • Nurses suffering in silence: Addressing the stigma of mental health in nursing and healthcare 

    Rushton, Cynda Hylton; Boston-Leary, Katie (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2022-08)
    Prior to the pandemic, there were alarmingly high numbers of healthcare professionals suffering from burnout, with some studies indicating numbers as high as 45 to 55%. Burnout remains an enigma that's difficult to ...
  • Compassion, collaboration, and community strategies for staff well-being 

    Gordon, Donna Leno; Nitorreda, Maria Veronica; Jacolbe, Fe Villar; Sinclair Chung, Opal (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2023-06)
    The COVID-19 pandemic brought unforeseen, unprecedented challenges to healthcare staff well-being. It also elicited compassion, a sense of community and belonging, and strong interdisciplinary collaboration at NYC Health ...
  • Blueprints for well-being modeling the way through human-centered leadership and pathway to excellence 

    Leclerc, Lucy; Pabico, Christine (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2023-04)
    As the ground in healthcare continues to shift beneath our feet, we can now confidently describe the world we live in as peripandemic. Not quite pandemic and not quite postpandemic. Assuredly, the ship of hope that we'd ...
  • 2022 Pathway Nurse of the Year Award™ winners 

    McCright, Maggie (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2023-02)
    When meaningful recognition occurs in organizations, nurses are acknowledged and appreciated for their contributions. It sends a powerful message that they're valued, which is a key component of a healthy and productive ...
  • Bridging the gaps of healthcare inequity and nurse well-being 

    Moore, Kevin; Sepe, Paulette; Dans, Maricon (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2022-12)
    The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Pathway to Excellence® (PTE) and Pathway to Excellence in Long-term Care® programs provide a framework to assist healthcare organizations across the continuum ...
  • A framework for achieving the National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being recommendations 

    Grant, Ernest J.; Pabico, Christine (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2022-10)
    Before the SARS-CoV-2 virus hit the shores of the US in February 2020, there were already deep concerns regarding the overwhelming demands placed on healthcare workers. No one could have anticipated the additional challenging ...
  • ANCC Pathway to Excellence® now included in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey 

    Pabico, Christine; Graystone, Rebecca (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2022-04)
    The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence® Program (Pathway) and The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog) are pleased to share that the Pathway program is now included in the Leapfrog Hospital ...
  • 2021 Pathway Nurse of the Year Award™ winners 

    McCright, Maggie; Dans, Maricon (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2022-02)
    When organizations recognize their employees for their contributions, it sends a powerful message that they're valued, a key component of a positive work environment. Meaningful recognition involves an organization recognizing ...
  • Tell your story: Tips for developing a successful conference abstract 

    Newberry, Lynn W. (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., 2021-12-01)
    In our current dynamic healthcare environment, dissemination of data obtained through nursing research and/or quality improvement (QI) projects is paramount. Information that emerges from research and projects can be ...
  • 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, ...

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