Bon Secours Virginia Health System is pleased to announce that Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center has achieved the 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 Bon Secours DePaul and identifies it as one of the best places to work. The medical center learned of this prestigious status on December 22, 2015.
“Our entire nursing team is honored to have achieved Pathway to Excellence status,” says Michael Bratton, RN, MA, chief nursing officer for Bon Secours DePaul. “This is an affirmation that we have the kind of environment that makes Bon Secours DePaul a great place for nurses to work and ultimately provide better care to our patients.”
The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of characteristics known as “The Pathway to Excellence Criteria.” 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.
As a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization, Bon Secours DePaul is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses’ contributions in the workplace. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.