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Fatima Hospital awarded Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Association

Think about the care you receive in the hospital and you likely think of the nurses who care for you. Great nursing care does not just happen. It is the result of a dedicated team working together to ensure that a nursing philosophy and clinical practices are embraced by every member of the nursing staff.

That’s why Fatima Hospital is proud of our recent Pathways to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Association. To obtain this coveted distinction, our nursing leadership completed an exacting review of nurse practice standards to ensure compliance with the by the national Pathway to Excellence standards, which are established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

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 this 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.

“The Pathways designation is earned by organizations that demonstrate a commitment to creating a work environment where nurses flourish because they experience, among other things, job satisfaction, professional growth and development, respect and appreciation, said Tom Hughes, President at  Fatima Hospital.

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.

As a Pathway to Excellence-designated organization, Fatima Hospital is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses' contributions in the workplace. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at Fatima know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment. One hundred and nineteen organizations have achieved this designation nationally, including seven in New England.

These standards include measuring our commitment to nurses and their contributions toward the pursuit of safe, quality patient care. In a very practical sense, the designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Fatima Hospital and identifies it as one of the best places for nurses in Rhode Island to work. We think this is important as we believe that a nurse who is supported and challenged at work will deliver even better care.

Why is this important when you are choosing care? It means Fatima has again demonstrated a commitment to building a hospital environment where nurses flourish because they experience job satisfaction, professional growth and development, respect and appreciation. As only the 7th hospital in New England to achieve this designation, Fatima is once again on the forefront of efforts to improve nursing and hospital care.