Published on July 21, 2014

Nurses Flourish at Pella Regional with Pathway to Excellence Designation

PELLA, IA – Pella Regional Health Center has again achieved Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Pathway to Excellence recognition is earned by health care organizations nationwide that create work environments where nurses can flourish. It demonstrates the professional satisfaction of nurses and identifies best places to work.

“In 2011, Pella Regional was the first hospital in the state of Iowa to earn this designation,” said Yvonne O’Brien-Evans, chief nursing officer at Pella Regional Health Center. “We’ve continued on from there by showing again and again that nursing staff at Pella Regional is among the best. Their skill and dedication creates an environment where our patients can get the best medical care.”

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.

“At Pella Regional Health Center we value the concept that nurses caring for patients are in the best position to make decisions related to patient care and nursing practice,” said O’Brien-Evans. “With that in mind, the Shared Governance Model with our four nursing councils – practice, quality, professional development and service - provided a foundation of evidence-based practice in nursing care.”

Part of the Pathways to Excellence program saw a push for nurses to gain more education and earn additional credentials in specialty areas. Less than 20% of American nurses are board certified while Pella Regional has more than 50 who have achieved national board certification.

“The whole goal of receiving this Pathways to Excellence designation again was to continue attracting and retaining the best nurses,” said O’Brien-Evans. “Research shows that having the best nurses means that patients have the best care. That’s what we want for patients at Pella Regional.”