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Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care®

The Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care® Program (PTE-LTC) recognizes long term care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. The first and only recognition program for the long term care sector, any size or type of long term care group where nurses care for patients may apply.

Quality is increasingly important to the viability of long term care organizations. Studies show a positive practice environment for nurses helps organizations:

  • Improve the quality of care
  • Improve patient safety and satisfaction
  • Improve nurse satisfaction and retention

The PTE-LTC standards address a range of factors that also improve bottomline results, including less turnover, higher job satisfaction, improved productivity and teamwork, and reduced errors.

Based on the 6 Pathway to Excellence standards, PTE-LTC standards include requirements specific to the long term care environment. Key differences in the PTE-LTC standards include:

  • Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (e.g. Nurse Assistants) (CNAs) are included in the nursing community.
  • Educational standards are temporarily established for Directors of Nursing (DON).
  • Important issues in long term care facilities, including staff education in regard to zero tolerance of resident abuse and neglect and policies/protocols related to the use of restraints and falls prevention are highlighted.
  • A person-centered model of care is understood.


Credential Marks
Organizations that achieve Pathway to Excellence designation gain the advantage of using an official logo (shown below) in their marketing and promotion. The Pathway to Excellence® and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care® certification marks are legally trademarked symbols and must be used in accordance with Pathway to Excellence Toolkit & Logo Guidelines