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ANCC's prestigious recognition programs for healthcare organizations are accepting international applications.

Healthcare organizations around the world are searching for ways to improve patient care and quality. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) recognition programs for nursing excellence offer proven strategies to reach these goals.

For hospitals located outside of the United States, ANCC offers additional support and resources to assist you in pursuing Magnet Recognition or Pathway designation.

Pathway to Excellence® Program
Premier designation for healthy work environments

Applicants are health care organizations that provide nursing services across the care continuum and may be based in the United States or the international community.

A multihospital system cannot apply as a whole. However, individual organizations within the system may apply. ­The applicant organization may contact the Pathway Program Office for guidance.

Educational Requirements and Validation of Credentials
International applicants for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's, Pathway to Excellence® Program must demonstrate that the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) or Director of Nursing (DON for LTC) meet eligibility requirements for academic preparation and licensure.

The following are the eligibility requirements for the Pathway to Excellence® Program.

Chief Nursing Officer
The CNO must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing (i.e., BSN, MSN, MN, PhD, DNSc, DNP). The requirement must be maintained throughout the application phase, review phase, and designation as a Pathway organization. Appointees as interim CNOs must also comply with this requirement.

Director of Nursing for Long Term Care
The DON must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing (i.e., BSN, MSN, MN, PhD, DNSc, DNP). The requirement must be maintained throughout the application phase, review phase, and designation as a Pathway organization. Appointees as interim DONs must also comply with this requirement.

Nurse Manager
A registered nurse responsible for the supervision of registered nurses and other health care providers who deliver nursing care in an inpatient or outpatient area. The nurse manager’s primary domains of activity are planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating. The term “nurse manager” is not synonymous with the chief nursing officer. In long-term care, “nurse manager” may be used interchangeably with “associate director,” “charge nurse,” or “supervisor.”

  • Note: For applicants with flat organizational structures without nurse managers, the nurse leader may be substituted for nurse manager EOP examples.

To validate international credentials you may contact one of the organizations listed below:

*ANCC does not advocate for any individual organization listed

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