The American Nurses Credentialing Center has designated INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital as a Pathway to Excellence® hospital for the second consecutive four-year term.
The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. This distinction substantiates the professional satisfaction of INTEGRIS Canadian Valley nurses and identifies it as one of the best places to work.
“This national designation showcases the accomplishments of the INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Nursing department,” says Teresa Gray, vice president of Patient Care Services, chief nursing officer at INTEGRIS Canadian Valley. “Our hospital could not have been awarded this honor without our nurses’ dedication and commitment to our patients, their families, their colleagues and to the nursing profession. Achieving the Pathway to Excellence accreditation reflects our nursing team’s commitment to our INTEGRIS mission of improving the health of the people and communities we serve.”
The designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of characteristics known as Pathway to Excellence Criteria. To be named as a Pathway to Excellence organization, a hospital must undergo successfully 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.
“We’ve worked to build a culture of trust and respect,” notes Gray. “By meeting the ANCC’s goals, we’re inspired to continue building on that foundation to give our nurses the tools and resources to provide the best possible patient care. “
“I am honored to work with such a dedicated group of individuals who are committed to our healing culture of not only caring for our patients, but for one another,” says hospital president Rex Van Meter. “To receive the Pathway to Excellence designation consecutively is a testament to our hospital, our nurses and to our medical staff whose support during this process is as appreciated as it is invaluable.”
As a Pathway to Excellence designated organization, INTEGRIS Canadian Valley is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses’ workplace contributions. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at INTEGRIS Canadian Valley know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.