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ANCC Pathway to Excellence® Resource Toolkit

A new toolkit is in development

Published 2013
98 pages

Plan and implement an organized approach to Pathway designation or redesignation with helpful tools to easily assess, implement, and evaluate progress, including:

  • Templates
  • Examples
  • Relevant literature

Use this innovative guide to generate your own ideas on how best to undertake your Pathway to Excellence® journey and highlight best practices. This toolkit is designed to supplement the 2012 Pathway to Excellence Program Application Manual

Table of Contents

Letter from the Pathway to Excellence® Program Director

Purpose of the Toolkit
How to Use the Toolkit

Chapter 1: Pathway to Excellence Program
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Goal of the Pathway to Excellence Program
History of the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Program
Pathway to Excellence Designation
Literature Review Matrix: Evidence of Nursing/Practice Excellence

Chapter 2: Pre-Application Preparation
Organization Self-Assessment:
    Guidance on Self-Assessment
    Organization-Wide Self-Assessment Team Participants

Self-Assessment Steps:
    Prepare the Organization’s Self-Assessment Team
    Assessment of Organizational Eligibility and Readiness
        Tool #1. Eligibility Criteria Checklist
        Tool #2. Organizational Readiness Assessment
    Review the Organizational Demographic form
    Assess Presence of Practice Standards
        Tool #3. Gap Analysis Template
    Assess Organizational Climate for Conducting the Pathway to Excellence Nurse Survey
    Assess the Adequacy of Internal Resources for Administering the Pathway to Excellence Nurse Survey
    Prepare Conclusions and Recommendations

Educating Your Organization about Pathway
Business Case: Is the Journey Worth It?
Internal and External Resources
Commitment to the Pathway to Excellence Journey

Chapter 3: The Pathway to Excellence Journey—Getting Started
Pathway to Excellence Plan and Timeline
Action Plans Based on Organizational Assessment Results
    Tool #4. Template for Action Plans Based on Organizational Assessment
Engaging Other Disciplines
    Tool #5. Testing Pathway to Excellence Designation - Program Knowledge Tool
Building the Infrastructure: Pathway Program Coordinator Role
Engaging the Staff Nurse
Creating Energy: Planning for the Pathway to Excellence Appraisal Phases

Chapter 4: Written Documentation
Organization Demographic Form (ODF)
Section A - Organizational Level Information
Section B - Unit Level Information
Section C - Calculations Derived from Section B
Section D - Comments
Organizational Overview (OO)
Elements of Performance (EOP) Narratives
Confidential Information
Interim Reports

Chapter 5: Narrative Statement Examples
Narrative Examples
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

Chapter 6: Finalizing the Document
Assigning a Reader
Formatting of the Document
Preparation for Mailing of Document

Chapter 7: Pathway to Excellence Nurse Survey
Pathway to Excellence Nurse Survey Overview
Planning/Preparing for the Nurse Survey
Administering the Pathway to Excellence Nurse Survey

Chapter 8: Tips for Success
Key Resources


Appendix A: Nurse Survey Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Appendix B: Organizational Demographic Form (ODF) Section A: Organization-Level Information
Appendix C: ODF, Section B: Unit-Level Information
Appendix D: ODF, Section C: Calculations Derived From Section B

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

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