Valley Regional Medical Center Achieves Pathway to Excellence™ Designation

Valley Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce it has achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This was formerly known as the “Texas Nurse –Friendly Program."

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Valley Regional Medical Center and identifies it as one of the best places to work.

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 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. Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely confidential online survey.

This is a great acknowledgement of the quality nursing in our facility.

Valley Regional Medical Center Recognizes Nationally Board Certified Employees

Valley Regional Medical Center recently recognized 23 new nurses that have achieved National Certification in their specialty area and 23 that have completed VRMC’s Clinical Advancement Program for Professional Nurses (CAPPAN). These nurses were recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care.

National Certification and participation in VRMC’s Clinical Advancement Program for Professional Nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive post-secondary and continuing education and a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.

Valley Regional Medical Center encourages national board certification and participation in its CAPPAN initiative for all its nurses by providing the necessary tools to obtain these as they advance in their nursing profession.  Valley Regional is pleased to present to our community a total of 67 nationally certified professional nurses and 12 nationally certified employees in other professional positions. VRMC continues to have multiple staff members that will be testing to receive their national certifications in months to come and more that 22 nurses have applied to the CAPPAN 2011. “Quality of care is the top priority at our hospital. Providing our patients and families with the best care possible is inherent in our mission, vision, and values,” said David Handley, CEO of Valley Regional Medical Center. “These credentialing certifications and active participation in programs such as CAPPAN provide formal recognition of our commitment to high standards in nursing care.  We’re extremely proud of our staff”.

Patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurse’s on staff when they visit a hospital or their primary care provider. There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.

Please join Valley Regional Medical Center, ABNS, NOCA and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and a job well done!

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