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NRMC Nursing Team Earns Pathway to Excellence Designation

NRMC’s nurses achieved the prestigious Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. NRMC is one of only 162 organizations nationwide and 1 of 2 in the state of Louisiana to

receive the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence Designation. This program recognizes health care organizations that practice nursing the right way and do so as a team. It recognizes hospitals who have developed the essential elements of an ideal nursing practice environment.

To earn Pathway Designation, an organization must demonstrate that it has integrated 6 practice standards into its day-to-day operating policies, procedures, and management structure. These standards include foundational elements of shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, well-being, and professional development.

This designation demonstrates our nursing team’s commitment to create an outstanding hospital that empowers our nurses to be leaders, to be champions of patient safety and quality, to be decision makers, to serve as patient advocates, and to be grounded in a positive work/life balance.

“Several years ago, when the nursing team set the Pathway standards as the ideal way to practice nursing, they identified strengths and weaknesses and set benchmarks to reach their goals,” explained Kirk Soileau, CEO. “Today, they are among the best of the best as a nursing team, and our community directly benefits from their professionalism. I am so proud of our nurses — they define teamwork and serve as role models for our whole organization. Kudos to each member of our nursing team for this accomplishment and thank you for having the determination and commitment to transform patient care.”

About Natchitoches Regional Medical Center

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center began as a community hospital in 1955 and has grown into a 216 -bed healthcare system with 750 Associates and more than 100 active and consulting physicians on its medical staff. The system is comprised of the 96-bed acute care facility, a skilled nursing home, assisted living complex, and an extensive network of clinics throughout the parish. NRMC is an affiliate of Christus Health.

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