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Attract. Retain. Engage.

The first step in pursuing recognition as a Pathway to Excellence® health care organization is conducting a self- assessment and gap analysis of the organizational culture.

Download the FREE self-assessment tool to: 

  • Harness some wins and identify gaps as you begin your journey to nursing excellence 
  • Create or sustain your practice environment using the Pathway to Excellence® framework 


See whether your organization is ready for the Pathway to Excellence journey. 

Scroll below to learn more about the many benefits Pathway to Excellence offers to organizations, as well as to individual nurses. 

Download Your FREE Organizational Assessment Tool Today!

Pathway Organizations: In Their Own Words … 

“Leadership, shared decision-making, safety, quality, well-being, and professional development make up the framework for creating a culture of excellence.”

Angela Patterson DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANP
Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer, CVS MinuteClinic
Vice President, CVS Health
“Thanks to my hospital’s Pathway designation and commitment to Pathway standards, this first-year nurse and her project made it to a national platform to win a Pathway Award. It has changed my entire career.”

Caitlin Rawlins, BSN, RN
VHA—Charles George VA Medical Center
“With Pathway to Excellence® guidelines, our nurses are engaged and empowered and part of our shared governance culture.”

Chadi Awad, MBA, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Patient Safety Officer
Methodist Hospital Metropolitan
“The Pathway to Excellence® Journey for me and my unit has reinforced the importance of teamwork and camaraderie.”

Patrina Capelton, MSN, RN-BC
Wellstar Douglas Hospital, GA
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“St. Luke’s Medical Center is an organization that really takes care of its people and observes the Pathway standards by heart.”

St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, Philippines

The Pathway to Excellence® Framework for Positive Practice Environments

Positive Practice Environment

Shared Decision-Making allows for direct care nurses to collaborate, share ideas, and have a voice in the decision-making process. 

Leadership is fostered through support of shared governance, collaborative decision-making, and accessibility across all staff levels. 

Safety prioritizes both patient and nurse safety and fosters a respectful workplace culture. 

Quality is central to an organization’s mission, vision, and goals, and a nurse’s input toward improving patient care and outcomes is valued. 

Well-Being promotes a positive workplace culture, and provides proactive safeguards to the physical and mental well-being of nurses 

Professional Development ensures nurses are competent to provide care, offering mentoring, support, and opportunities for lifelong learning. 

Pathway evidence-based standards are proven to increase nurse retention and improve patient outcomes.