Example 1: "One of the biggest benefits is the framework the Pathway standards provide. The criteria take the guesswork out of the necessary infrastructure to move to excellence. While we stretch to meet select criteria, we can never argue the criteria. It resonates as 'right.'"
"Shared governance takes time to grow and develop. Re-designation forces us to reflect on progress and plan clearly for further strengthening and growth in targeted areas. We are delighted to have a way to measure ourselves. It really does create a pathway that propels us toward excellence."
Pam Greene, PhD, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
The Menninger Clinic
Example 2: "The difference in the strength of our nursing department is palpable. Pride and camaraderie were apparent as we strengthened nurse autonomy and other criteria for designation. Our retention rates improved and staff nurse participation increased significantly as nurses realized the importance of their voice in decision-making. Each nurse received a Pathway to Excellence pin to wear with dignity and honor."
Jane McCurley, MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
North Hills Hospital
Example 3: "Our Pathway to Excellence designation demonstrates to our staff and to the community that we support nurses and view their role as central to the patient care delivery process. It shows current and potential team members we are dedicated to a work environment where nurses can flourish. Further, we understand the importance of professional growth and development, respect and appreciation for one another, and the satisfaction of our employees, patients, and physicians. By meeting the standards of this designation, we see a decrease in vacant nursing positions and an increase in nursing satisfaction."
Virginia Earley, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Professional Practice and Innovation
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
Example 4: "As a 91-bed community hospital, the journey allowed an opportunities to review multiple processes, refine where needed, and celebrate our nurses and the organization. The entire staff works hard and Pathway to Excellence provides additional recognition and appreciation."
Teresa M. Oehler, BSN, RN-C
Clinical Education Manager
St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital