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ANCC Appoints New Official to the Commission on Pathway to Excellence: Francine Douce Named International Commissioner


SILVER SPRING, MD — The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) recently announced the appointment of Francine Douce, RN, RM, BN, FACM, as the new International Commissioner of Commission on Pathway to Excellence (COPE). Commission members are selected by the ANCC Board of Directors and represent various sectors of the nursing community.

Douce will be filling the international seat for COPE. As a voluntary governing body, COPE oversees the Pathway to Excellence® Program and makes the final determination of Pathway designations.

With more than 30 years of experience, Douce has worked in both public and private sector and currently holds the title of Acting Chief Nurse and Midwife for the Department of Health and Human Services Office in Tasmania, Australia. Her expansive background includes experience working in education and training; quality and safety; patient flow and bed management; infection prevention and control; operational management; and strategic planning.

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About Pathway to Excellence®
The Pathway to Excellence® Program recognizes health care and long term care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. To qualify, organizations meet Pathway Standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment. Nurses trust that Pathway-designated organizations respect their contributions, support professional development, and nurture optimal work settings.

About ANCC
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits health care organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification in the design, development and delivery of global credentialing services and support products for nurses and health care organizations.