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Nursing Pathway to Excellence Designation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has honored University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH) with the Pathway to Excellence® designation making it one of only 130 hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in New Mexico with the distinction. UNMH was redesignated in 2013.

The Pathway to Excellence® designation identifies the elements of a positive work environment where nurses can flourish. The designation recognizes the professional satisfaction of nurses at UNMH and identifies it as one of the best places to work.

"At UNMH, we are committed to professional growth, patient care and excellence in practice,“ said Sheena Ferguson, chief nursing officer at UNMH. “This designation confirms to the public that nurses working here know their efforts are supported, and should encourage other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment."

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 confidential online survey.

The 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 accredit providers of continuing nursing education.

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