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Pathway to Excellence Program History

2003
The Texas Nurses Association (TNA) established the Nurse-Friendly™ designation to positively affect nurse retention by improving workplaces for nurses. The program aimed to improve both the quality of patient care and professional satisfaction of nurses working in rural and small hospitals in Texas.

2005
The first Nurse-Friendly™ hospitals are designated.

2006
TNA receives many requests to expand the Nurse-Friendly designation, and seeks to transfer the program to a robust, collegial organization to build on its success and assure program integrity nationwide.

2007
ANCC acquires the Nurse-Friendly designation program. The high quality and superb reputation of the Texas Nurses Association Nurse-Friendly designation made it a perfect addition to the credentialing portfolio.

2009
ANCC launches the 'Pathway to Excellence® Program' nationwide.

2010
ANCC launches the Pathway to Excellence® Program for Long Term Care nationwide.

2011
Inaugural Pathway to Excellence Conference held. Pathway eligibility extended to international health care organizations.

2013
Pathway to Excellence program reaches historic milestone of 100 hospitals having earned the esteemed Pathway designation.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore becomes the first international Pathway-designated healthcare organization.

2016
Pathway to Excellence spans across the continuum of care: Hospice of Dayton becomes the first Pathway- designated hospice.

Pentec is the first Pathway Designated home health organization.