Magnet Recognition and Pathway to Excellence

What do Magnet and Pathway to Excellence Recognition mean to you?

These programs are not awards. They are professional credentials bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in recognition of highest standards in nursing care and professional practice. Hospitals and skilled nursing facilities that pursue this exclusive credential must complete a multi-year application process that engages the entire organization: nurses, physicians, executive leadership and board of directors. Recipients must maintain their status through regular re-application. Less than 10 percent of all eligible facilities in the country have received Magnet® or Pathway to Excellence® designation.

About Magnet Recognition

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing. Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet® is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide. Read more about ANCC Magnet Recognition®.

About Pathway to Excellence®

The Pathway to Excellence Program® developed by the ANCC recognizes health care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. To qualify, organizations meet 12 practice standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment. Nurses trust that Pathway-designated institutions deliver superior care, respect their contributions, support professional development and nurture optimal work settings. Read more about ANCC Pathway to Excellence®.

"Our commitment to nursing excellence is reflected in our goal that all eligible Providence and Swedish facilities achieve Magnet® or Pathway to Excellence® recognition. These nationally accredited programs are the gold standard for recognizing outstanding highest quality in both nursing care and nursing workforce.”

–Deborah A. Burton, Ph.D., RN, CNAA
Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer