Program Updates

June 12, 2019

2020 Pathway to Excellence & Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care Application Manual

The release of the 2020 Pathway to Excellence & Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care Application Manual is scheduled for February 2020. This is a revision of both the 2016 Pathway to Excellence and 2017 Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care Application manuals. The requirements for both designations will be included in this one manual.  There will be some new concepts, however, much of the 2020 manual will remain similar to the current versions.  Organizations applying or re-applying for either designation are required to write to the new elements of performance in the 2020 manual beginning with the February 1, 2021 cycle.  

Please note, Pathway will be seeking public comment on the upcoming manual prior to publication, approximately September 2019.  Be sure to provide your valuable feedback during this time to ensure you are heard.

NOVEMBER 9, 2018
Please join us in sending a warm welcome to our new Pathway to Excellence commissioners:
  • Valerie Morrison Captain, U.S. Navy; DBA, MSM, BSN, NEA-BC, SHRM-SCPPre/post-acute care Commissioner
  • John R. Mastrocola (non-nurse), Director of Operations – Southern Region, Generations Healthcare, President Main Line Marketing and Management New LTC Commissioner

NOVEMBER 9, 2018
Let's all welcome Pathway's new Senior Analyst, Jennifer Hargreaves!!!


Jennifer has an extensive background in managing enterprise implementations of healthcare policies and procedures in the areas of Nursing and Education. She has also exceled in operationalizing and evaluating comprehensive teaching programs for specific patient populations while coordinating delivery of health services within community hospital settings. A visionary nursing leader both at the state and national level, as Past President for Delaware Organization of Nurse Leaders (DONL), Jennifer developed a strategic plan for revenue generation, membership enhancement, and participation.  She is able to establish rapport and engage people in relevant processes, and build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders. Pathway has already had the wonderful opportunity to experience her effective (and joyful!) engagement strategies at the last Pathway Conference where she most recently served as the Education Program Specialist for the ANA Product Development & CE Department.


MARCH 20th, 2018
We’ve been hard at work bringing together resources from across the ANA Enterprise into one easy, unified experience.  NurseCredentialing.org is now part of http://NursingWorld.org. Please note the 'Orientation Center' on the website has been retired and all resources have been migrated to the PLC 'Resource Center'.  Information about the application process for the Pathway to Excellence Program can be found on NursingWorld.org/Organizational-Programs/pathway. Let us know what you think about the new site!

JANUARY 1st, 2018
Please join us in sending a warm welcome to our new 2018 Pathway to Excellence commissioners:
Linda Harden MS, RN-BC – CNO at Henry Ford in Michigan in the new Ambulatory seat;
Jane McCurley DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC – System Assistant CNE and VP at HCA in Tennessee in the Nurse Executive seat;
Steven McPherson BSN, RN – Nurse Manager at Union Hospital in Maryland in the Nurse Manager seat,
Adrian Ramirez Jr. BSN, RN – Registered Nurse at Midland Memorial Hospital in Texas in the Staff Nurse seat.

Our new 2018 commissioners join continuing members: Edna Cadmus PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Francine Douce FACM, MACN; Catherine Hill DNP, RN; Charles Perkins MBA; Linda BowersoxRN, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC; and Nora Warshawsky PhD, RN, CNE.  You can view the entire commission on Pathway to Excellence here

DECEMBER 15th, 2017

Please see our Program Fees page for updates. The updated fees schedule applies to applicants who submit their online application on or after January 1st 2018.


DECEMBER 1st, 2017

Effective June 1, 2018 all application materials must be received via the online portal (pteapplication.org) at least 8 months before the requested date of the Pathway Standards document submission.  Click here for more information on applying and requesting a document submission cycle.  In order to access the valuable resources available to applicant organizations, the Pathway Program Office strongly recommends adhering to this 8 month timeframe prior to the effective date.

The Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care® 2017 Application Manual is now available!  Effective January 2018: Applicants submitting Pathway Standards Document must write to the standards in the Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care 2017 Application Manual. Organizations achieving Pathway designation under 2017 Application Manual are granted a four-year designation. Organizations designated under the Pathway to Excellence 2013 Application Manual maintain the three- year designation.


Resources for a Positive Practice Environment
The Daisy Award
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation

Magnet-Pathway Standards Crosswalk
Magnet-Pathway Criteria Crosswalk

Pathway Newsletters

Spring 2019
Winter 2019

Summer 2018
Fall 2018
Fall 2017

Summer 2017
Spring 2017


Open Forum Call Summaries by Pathway Analysts

2017 July Open Forum
2017 August Open Forum
2017 September Open Forum
2017 October Open Forum
2017 November Open Forum
2017 December Open Forum
2018 January Open Forum
2018 February Open Forum
2018 March Open Forum
2018 April Open Forum
2018 May Open Forum
2018 June Open Forum
2018 July Open Forum
2018 August Open Forum
2018 September Open Forum
2018 October Open Forum
2018 November Open Forum
2018 December Open Forum
2019 January Open Forum
2019 February Open Forum
2019 March Open Forum
2019 April Open Forum
2019 May Open Forum
2019 June Open Forum
2019 July Open Forum

Pathway Nursing Management Articles
Nursing Management partners with ANCC's Pathway to Excellence® Program 
2017-2018 Pathway Award® winner

Addressing manager retention with the Pathway to Excellence® framework
A framework for culture transformation in international healthcare organizations

An investment in staff well-being
Creating a culture of lifelong learning: A strategy for organizational success
Investing in Leadership
Support for nurses earning doctoral degrees
Addressing workplace violence with the Pathway to Excellence framework
The effects of positive practice environments Leadership must-knows

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June 12, 2019

2020 Pathway to Excellence & Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care Application Manual

The release of the 2020 Pathway to Excellence & Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care Application Manual is scheduled for February 2020. This is a revision of both the 2016 Pathway to Excellence and 2017 Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care Application manuals. The requirements for both designations will be included in this one manual.  There will be some new concepts, however, much of the 2020 manual will remain similar to the current versions.  Organizations applying or re-applying for either designation are required to write to the new elements of performance in the 2020 manual beginning with the February 1, 2021 cycle.  

Please note, Pathway will be seeking public comment on the upcoming manual prior to publication, approximately September 2019.  Be sure to provide your valuable feedback during this time to ensure you are heard.

NOVEMBER 9, 2018
Please join us in sending a warm welcome to our new Pathway to Excellence commissioners:
  • Valerie Morrison Captain, U.S. Navy; DBA, MSM, BSN, NEA-BC, SHRM-SCPPre/post-acute care Commissioner
  • John R. Mastrocola (non-nurse), Director of Operations – Southern Region, Generations Healthcare, President Main Line Marketing and Management New LTC Commissioner

NOVEMBER 9, 2018
Let's all welcome Pathway's new Senior Analyst, Jennifer Hargreaves!!!


Jennifer has an extensive background in managing enterprise implementations of healthcare policies and procedures in the areas of Nursing and Education. She has also exceled in operationalizing and evaluating comprehensive teaching programs for specific patient populations while coordinating delivery of health services within community hospital settings. A visionary nursing leader both at the state and national level, as Past President for Delaware Organization of Nurse Leaders (DONL), Jennifer developed a strategic plan for revenue generation, membership enhancement, and participation.  She is able to establish rapport and engage people in relevant processes, and build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders. Pathway has already had the wonderful opportunity to experience her effective (and joyful!) engagement strategies at the last Pathway Conference where she most recently served as the Education Program Specialist for the ANA Product Development & CE Department.


MARCH 20th, 2018
We’ve been hard at work bringing together resources from across the ANA Enterprise into one easy, unified experience.  NurseCredentialing.org is now part of http://NursingWorld.org. Please note the 'Orientation Center' on the website has been retired and all resources have been migrated to the PLC 'Resource Center'.  Information about the application process for the Pathway to Excellence Program can be found on NursingWorld.org/Organizational-Programs/pathway. Let us know what you think about the new site!

JANUARY 1st, 2018
Please join us in sending a warm welcome to our new 2018 Pathway to Excellence commissioners:
Linda Harden MS, RN-BC – CNO at Henry Ford in Michigan in the new Ambulatory seat;
Jane McCurley DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC – System Assistant CNE and VP at HCA in Tennessee in the Nurse Executive seat;
Steven McPherson BSN, RN – Nurse Manager at Union Hospital in Maryland in the Nurse Manager seat,
Adrian Ramirez Jr. BSN, RN – Registered Nurse at Midland Memorial Hospital in Texas in the Staff Nurse seat.

Our new 2018 commissioners join continuing members: Edna Cadmus PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Francine Douce FACM, MACN; Catherine Hill DNP, RN; Charles Perkins MBA; Linda BowersoxRN, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC; and Nora Warshawsky PhD, RN, CNE.  You can view the entire commission on Pathway to Excellence here

DECEMBER 15th, 2017

Please see our Program Fees page for updates. The updated fees schedule applies to applicants who submit their online application on or after January 1st 2018.


DECEMBER 1st, 2017

Effective June 1, 2018 all application materials must be received via the online portal (pteapplication.org) at least 8 months before the requested date of the Pathway Standards document submission.  Click here for more information on applying and requesting a document submission cycle.  In order to access the valuable resources available to applicant organizations, the Pathway Program Office strongly recommends adhering to this 8 month timeframe prior to the effective date.

The Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care® 2017 Application Manual is now available!  Effective January 2018: Applicants submitting Pathway Standards Document must write to the standards in the Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care 2017 Application Manual. Organizations achieving Pathway designation under 2017 Application Manual are granted a four-year designation. Organizations designated under the Pathway to Excellence 2013 Application Manual maintain the three- year designation.


Resources for a Positive Practice Environment
The Daisy Award
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation

Magnet-Pathway Standards Crosswalk
Magnet-Pathway Criteria Crosswalk

Pathway Newsletters

Spring 2019
Winter 2019

Summer 2018
Fall 2018
Fall 2017

Summer 2017
Spring 2017


Open Forum Call Summaries by Pathway Analysts

2017 July Open Forum
2017 August Open Forum
2017 September Open Forum
2017 October Open Forum
2017 November Open Forum
2017 December Open Forum
2018 January Open Forum
2018 February Open Forum
2018 March Open Forum
2018 April Open Forum
2018 May Open Forum
2018 June Open Forum
2018 July Open Forum
2018 August Open Forum
2018 September Open Forum
2018 October Open Forum
2018 November Open Forum
2018 December Open Forum
2019 January Open Forum
2019 February Open Forum
2019 March Open Forum
2019 April Open Forum
2019 May Open Forum
2019 June Open Forum
2019 July Open Forum

Pathway Nursing Management Articles
Nursing Management partners with ANCC's Pathway to Excellence® Program 
2017-2018 Pathway Award® winner

Addressing manager retention with the Pathway to Excellence® framework
A framework for culture transformation in international healthcare organizations

An investment in staff well-being
Creating a culture of lifelong learning: A strategy for organizational success
Investing in Leadership
Support for nurses earning doctoral degrees
Addressing workplace violence with the Pathway to Excellence framework


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