WA: Swedish Ballard designated Pathway to Excellence hospital

Swedish Ballard received a Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). It’s a first for Washington state hospitals.

This honor is certainly a career highlight and reaffirms the belief I had when I first joined the nursing team at Ballard. I knew I was entering a place with incredible potential and felt that the caregivers here were firmly rooted in their commitment to each other, their patients and to the profession of nursing. I am incredibly proud of the more than 200 RNs at Swedish Ballard who continue to set their sights on creating an unrivaled place to work and seek care.” Jennifer Graves, Chief Executive and Nurse Executive, Swedish Ballard (Source: Swedish Ballard Press Release)

The Pathway to Excellence program assesses twelve practice standards deemed “essential to an ideal nursing practice environment.” Digging deeper, the standards are designed to indicate high levels of nurse satisfaction, staff retention, teamwork, and indicate capacity for strong business growth. In ANCC’s promotional materials, it claims a positive correlation between Chief Nursing Officer credentialing and lower nursing costs per admission.

To achieve this, Swedish Ballard performed no easy feat:

  • Nurses at all levels conduct a self-assessment and fully document how the 12 Pathway Practice Standards are active in its practices, policies and culture. ANCC provides tools to guide applicant organizations.
  • Organizations apply and submit supporting evidence with organization demographics.
  • All documentation is reviewed by at least 3 ANCC nursing experts.
  • After successful document review, nurses in the organization confirm the integration of Pathway Practice Standards via a confidential online survey conducted by ANCC.
  • The Commission on Pathway to Excellence makes the official designation after a final review and decision.

The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted for 3 years. More information on standards and the application can be found here. You can take the organizational self-assessment here. The next submission date is June 1.

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