Published on March 06, 2013

GMC DeWitt Earns Pathway to Excellence® Designation

Pathway to Excellence®Genesis Medical Center-DeWitt has been awarded Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Pathway to Excellence® recognizes health care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). The Pathway to Excellence® designation is granted for 3 years and may be renewed.

GMC-DeWitt is just the fourth hospital in Iowa to achieve the designation.  Nationwide, only 103 facilities have earned status as a Pathway to Excellence® organization.

"The Pathway to Excellence® program recognizes the essential elements of an ideal nursing practice environment,” said Christine Pabico, MSN, RN, NE-BC, director of Pathway to Excellence® for ANCC. “The focus is on the workplace, balanced lifestyle, whether there is a collaborative atmosphere, positive nurse job satisfaction and retention, and that nurses feel their contributions are valued.”

Pathway to Excellence® designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of characteristics known as “The Pathway to Excellence Criteria.” 

For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence® distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment — as defined by nurses and supported by research.

These initiatives must be present in the facility’s practices, policies, and culture. Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely confidential online survey.

Work toward the Pathway designation for Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt began in July 2010. GMC-DeWitt submitted the required documentation, some 1,000 pages, in September of last year. The survey of nurses was completed in January. 

Wanda Haack, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at the hospital, received official notification of the designation last week.

"GMC-DeWitt had the foundation in place for nursing excellence prior to our official journey to Pathway to Excellence," said Haack. "The program's evidence-based designation standards and criteria presented us with the direction to build on these roots, refine our processes and validate GMC-DeWitt as a great place to work."

Pathway to Excellence® has many of the qualities of the ANCC's prestigious Magnet Recognition, which has been earned by GMC-Davenport.  A key difference is that Magnet is aimed at how nursing excellence influences patient outcomes, while Pathway focuses on determining whether the work environment is one in which nurses can excel.

"Pathway to Excellence® designation is the highest nursing honor a critical access hospital can achieve," said Curt Coleman, Administrator, GMC-DeWitt. "When nurses work in a positive environment, they are better equipped to deliver higher quality care. We're proud that our staff feels good about where they work and of how that improves our ability to provide excellent care to our patients every day."

Organizations earn the Pathway to Excellence® designation via a thorough review process. Nurses at all levels conduct a self-assessment and fully document how the 12 Pathway Practice Standards are active in its practices, policies and culture.

There will be a staff celebration of the designation later this month.

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