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Program Director Spotlight

Kelly Behrendt MSN, RN


Kelly Behrendt Director of Professional Development at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado.  Sky Ridge Medical Center  achieved their second designation in May 2021. Kelly shares the personal impact of designation, using the framework through the pandemic and future plans.  Read More

Official Leadership Journal of the Pathway to Excellence® Program

Meaningful recognition

An imperative for nurse manager well-being

Barnes, Bonnie FAAN; Barnes, Mark FAAN; Pabico, Christine PhD, RN, NE-BC, FAAN

The DAISY® Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created in 1999 out of grief for the loss of Patrick Barnes to recognize nurses for their compassionate care. The program now honors exceptional nurses from around the world. This is something we never imagined when we stood at Patrick's bedside while a nurse whose name we don't recall, but whose touch we'll never forget, turned off his ventilator and he died of complications of the autoimmune disease idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura on November 6, 1999. His passing concluded the worst 8 weeks of our lives spent with him in two hospitals whose physicians and nurses fought to help him stop producing antibodies that were destroying his platelets and making him bleed internally.
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Featured Article

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Nursing

The Pathway to Excellence Framework Alignment

Morrison, Valerie DBA, MSM, BSN; Hauch, Rodney R. DNP; Perez, Edith MSN; Bates, Melissa DNP; Sepe, Paulette MSN; Dans, Maricon MSN

The promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in nursing is a topic of renewed importance, given the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd and identified disparities in health and health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite its progress, the nursing profession continues to struggle with recruiting and retaining a workforce that represents the cultural diversity of the patient population. The authors completed a review of the literature on DEI in nursing and found a scarcity of studies, and that a limitation exists due to the strength of the evidence examined. This article aims to provide a review of the literature on DEI in nursing, outcomes and strategies associated with organizational DEI efforts, and knowledge on how the American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence® Designation Program framework supports DEI initiatives. The authors further provided recommendations for nurse leaders and a checklist of proposed questions for assessing commitment, culture, and structural empowerment initiatives toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.

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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!”