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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

A framework for achieving the National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being recommendations

Grant, Ernest J. PhD, RN, FAAN; Pabico, Christine PhD, RN, NE-BC, FAAN

Before the SARS-CoV-2 virus hit the shores of the US in February 2020, there were already deep concerns regarding the overwhelming demands placed on healthcare workers. No one could have anticipated the additional challenging impact COVID-19 would have on healthcare workers and the healthcare system. As organizations such as the American Nurses Association and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) continued to monitor the rapid changes associated with the spread of the virus, it became evident that its toll greatly affected members of the healthcare team. Multiple surveys and self-reports from healthcare workers at all levels reflected feelings of overwhelming stress, anxiety, burnout, and mental anguish.1 The existing workforce shortage was exacerbated with many older workers choosing early retirement due to the higher risk of contracting the virus. Many workers who felt they were unappreciated and forced to work in an unsafe environment decided to leave their current place of employment for a new position or opportunity.

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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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Maureen Brady

Nursing Management’s Senior Editor 

"Nursing Management provides its readers with strategic professional information and services that nurses need to excel as healthcare leaders, and the six standards of the Pathway to Excellence® framework are critical to nurse leaders’ success. As the official leadership journal of the Pathway to Excellence® program, Nursing Management is honored to deliver the latest Pathway news, initiatives, and information to help inform nurse leaders as they work to create positive practice environments for their teams. If you have valuable information to share with other nurse leaders, we’d love to hear from you. Email Maureen.brady@wolterskluwer.com for more information, or visit www.editorialmanager.com/nmg to submit a manuscript."