Riverside Walter Reed Hospital is pleased to announce it has achieved Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Riverside Walter Reed and identifies it as one of the best places for nurses to work. The Pathway to Excellence designation reflects the commitment Riverside Walter Reed has made to its nurses, to their well-being, growth and development. "We foster a culture of safety and professionalism with patient care at the center of all we do" said Gaynor Callis, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital's Director of Nursing. "This designation reflects the commitment, dedication and hard work of not only the Pathway committee members, but our nursing staff as a whole who contributed to this honor." The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of characteristics known as "The Pathway to Excellence Criteria."
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″ Nurses control the practice of nursing
″ The work environment is safe and healthy
″ Systems are in place to address patient care and practice concerns
″ Orientation prepares new nurses
″ The Chief Nursing Officer is qualified and participates in all levels
″ Professional development is provided and utilized
″ Competitive wages/salaries are in place
″ Nurses are recognized for achievements
″ A balanced lifestyle is encouraged
″ Collaborative interdisciplinary relationships are valued and supported
″ Nurse Managers are competent and accountable
″ A quality program and evidenced-based practices are utilized.
For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment —as defined by nurses and supported by research. These initiatives must be present in the facility's practices, policies, and culture.
Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely confidential online survey. A survey response rate of at least 51% is required for designation. Riverside Walter Reed exceeded the required percentage with a response rate of 82%. Survey responses are required to be 75% favorable on 75% of the questions. Walter Reed responses were greater than 75% favorable on 93% of the questions. In addition, Walter Reed responses were greater than 90% favorable on 64% of the questions, far exceeding the requirements for achieving the designation.
 "The Pathway of Excellence designation is reflective of our health system's commitment to nursing excellence and development all in the interest of patient centered care and the Riverside Care Difference", says Dr. Terris Kennedy, Chief Nursing Officer for Riverside Health System. "We congratulate Riverside Walter Reed Hospital as they join Riverside Regional Medical Center as Pathway of Excellence designated facilities within our health system. We strive each day to live our mission of caring for others as we would care for those we love;what better way to support that mission than to recognize our nursing culture of excellence through this designation."
As a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses' contributions in the workplace. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at Riverside Walter Reed know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment
The Pathway to Excellence®Program is a trademark of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. All Rights Reserved. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas;recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Pathway to Excellence Program®and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care™and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs.
For more information on Pathway to Excellence or the ANCC, visit www.nursecredentialing.org

Published: August 21, 2014