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ANCC Pathway to Excellence® Program

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence Program recognizes a health care organization’s commitment to creating a positive practice environment that empowers and engages staff.

By investing in the optimum workplace for nurses, organizations demonstrate a culture of sustained excellence, resulting in the successful recruitment of top candidates and staff retention through high job satisfaction. Nurses are even empowered in the Pathway to Excellence application process itself; since frontline staff must validate that their experience with the organization meets the Pathway Standards – before designation can be achieved.




Event Notice: The ANCC Pathway to Excellence® and ANCC National Magnet Conference® in-person event will take place November 11-13, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. The NCPD Summit will be held as a preconference event as part of the Magnet/Pathway co-located conference. The ANA Policy, Innovation and Advocacy virtual forum is taking place September 14, 2021. View a list of frequently asked questions

Updated June 16, 2021.

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