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Program Director Spotlight


Teresa Burns RN BSN


Teresa Burns is a Senior Project Manager and Pathway Program Director at the recently Pathway re-designated Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital. Teresa shares the personal impact of designation, using the framework through the pandemic and future plans. Click here to read more on what the Pathway designation means to Teresa and her organization.

Official Leadership Journal of the Pathway to Excellence® Program

Nurses suffering in silence

Addressing the stigma of mental health in nursing and healthcare

Rushton, Cynda Hylton PhD, RN, FAAN; Boston-Leary, Katie PhD, MHA, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Prior to the pandemic, there were alarmingly high numbers of healthcare professionals suffering from burnout, with some studies indicating numbers as high as 45 to 55%.1 Burnout remains an enigma that's difficult to define adequately and accurately. It has been described as a “basic tenet of fatigue” and “the intolerance of any effort,” or as a combination of the inability and the unwillingness to expend the necessary effort at work for proper task completion, leading to lack of energy, reduced commitment, or disengagement.2
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Featured Article

Pathway and Sigma partnership

Leveraging professional branding

Gray, Sarah E. DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN; Dans, Maricon MSN, RN, NE-BC
The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Pathway to Excellence® Program (Pathway) and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) are harnessing their collective impact to grow in value and benefit nursing worldwide. Both organizations recognize the importance of striving for positive practice environments and creating a sustained culture of excellence by supporting individual nurses along their professional journey. One way to support nurses as they seek career growth is through professional branding.

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    Cynthia Laufenberg
Nursing Management’s Editorial Director 

“Our partnership with the Pathway to Excellence team has given us a unique opportunity to share their expertise and knowledge with our readers, helping them improve their leadership skills on both a personal and organizational level,” says Cynthia Laufenberg, MA, Editorial Director of Nursing Management. “We’re proud to be the Official Leadership Journal of the Pathway to Excellence Program, and we love to receive manuscript submissions for Nursing Management from ANCC members at Pathway facilities. If you’d like to write for us, please submit a manuscript online here. We look forward to hearing from you!”