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Practice Standards and Elements of Performance
2012 Mini Manual
Pathway to Excellence® Program

Published 2012
38 pages

This easy-to-reference 38-page mini manual details the 12 Pathway to Excellence® Practice Standards that applicants must implement in order to qualify for Pathway designation. For each standard, specific elements of performance are described to help candidates submit applications with complete supporting documentation.

The Pathway practice standards address the key components of ideal workplaces where nurses can excel. Because nurse engagement and satisfaction are vital to delivering quality care, Pathway standards provide a framework for enhancing patient outcomes and safety.

Table of Contents

Pathway to Excellence® Practice Standards

Organizational Overview
Practice Standard 1: Nurses Control the Practice of Nursing
Practice Standard 2: The Work Environment Is Safe and Healthy
Practice Standard 3: Systems Are in Place to Address Patient Care and Practice Concerns
Practice Standard 4: Orientation Prepares Nurses for the Work Environment
Practice Standard 5: The CNO Is Qualified and Participates at All Levels of the Organization
Practice Standard 6: Professional Development Is Provided and Used
Practice Standard 7: Equitable Compensation Is Provided
Practice Standard 8: Nurses Are Recognized for Achievements
Practice Standard 9: A Balanced Lifestyle Is Encouraged
Practice Standard 10: Collaborative Relationships Are Valued and Supported
Practice Standard 11: Nurse Managers Are Competent and Accountable
Practice Standard 12: A Quality Program and Evidence-Based Practices Are Used


Published by American Nurses Credentialing Center 8515 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492
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