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Pathway Program Director Spotlight

Winter Chambers Horton, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC

Pathway Program Director

Covenant Children's Hospital

Click HERE to read more about Winter's personal impact of designation for Covenant Children's Hospital, 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

Nursing Leadership Scope and Standards and Pathway to Excellence

By Edna Cadmus, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Christina Dempsey, DNP, MBA, RN, CENP, CNOR, FAAN; Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, MHA, MBA, RN, NEA-BC; and Melissa Bates, DNP, RN, CDCES

Nursing leadership is a longstanding and traditionally known nursing specialty practice that has a profound impact on the state of the nursing profession, patient-care delivery, outcomes, and healthcare overall. Establishing standards of practice and professionalism in nursing to describe the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of professional nursing leadership that take into account all aspects of education, experience, setting, and population was clearly needed. Today, not only has the title of this body of work evolved from the original version published in 1988, but we’ve also revised many concepts, approaches, competencies, and expectations, as well as the definition of nursing leadership. This ideological and empirical evolution in nursing leadership is necessary to function optimally in today’s nursing praxis and to prepare nurse leaders for what’s to come in the not-so-distant future.

The Nursing Administration Scope and Standards has been recently retitled as Nursing Leadership Scope and Standards (NLSS), which serves as a guide to lead teams effectively and progressively into the future.1

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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."