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Pathway Program Director Spotlight

Sherri Watts, DNP, RN

Sherri Watts, DNP, RN

Pathway Program Director

HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital


Sherri Watts is the Pathway / Magnet Program Director at HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital. Click HERE to read more about the personal impact of designation for Sherri, implementing the Pathway framework and, future plans for sustaining a positive practice environment during their designation.

Official Leadership Journal of the Pathway to Excellence® Program

2024 Pathway manual introduction

By Melissa Bates, DNP, RN, CDCES; Christine Pabico, PhD, RN, NE-BC, FAAN; Maricon Dans, MSN, RN, NE-BC; and Leigh Hume, MN, RN, NE-BC

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Pathway to Excellence® (Pathway) Framework serves as an evidence-based blueprint for establishing positive practice environments that foster nursing excellence. This framework is designed to recognize and empower nurses, enhance job satisfaction, improve employee engagement, safeguard clinician well-being, and ultimately improve patient outcomes. Especially with the current healthcare challenges and the global pandemic’s emotional toll on nurses, the criticality of creating supportive practice environments and the relevance of the Pathway Framework have been amplified. Organizations that “lived Pathway” and continued to use the framework—practicing shared decision-making, recognizing nurses’ contribution, and prioritizing their well-being— thrived and sustained optimum quality of patient care when others struggled.

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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."

Program CNO Spotlight


Manjinder Kaur, DNP, RN, NEA-BC


Dr. Kaur is the CNO at the recently Pathway designated NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health. Manjinder shares the personal impact of designation, using the framework through and future plans. Click here to read more on what the Pathway designation means to Manjinder and NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health.