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Pathway to Excellence Program Director

Winston Salem, NC, USA | Wake Forest

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
Job Description:
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The Nursing Excellence Coordinator is proficient in nursing and functions as a clinical leader, expeditor, educator, and consultant, utilizing management theory, change management and negotiations to expand evidence base practices and successfully implement the ANCC Pathway to Excellence standards/ elements of performance.


Education / Experience: 



  • Graduated from an accredited college of nursing;

  • BSN required, MSN preferred;

  • Database management

  • Continuing education of 30 hours or more annually

  • Professional certification as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) desired or within 1 year of hire


Licensure, Certification and / or Registration:


 Current RN licensure in good standing in the State of North Carolina


Essential Functions:



  • Collaborates with clinical and administrative leadership, assumes facility wide responsibility for coordination of the ANCC Pathways to Excellence application, designation, and re-designation process

  •  Provides administrative consultation and serves as a subject matter expert for all teammates in pursuit of ANCC Pathway to Excellence

  •  Demonstrate excellent role modeling behaviors, have experience in project management, strategic planning, marketing, knowledge of accreditation standards and ANCC recognition program (Pathway to Excellence and Magnet)

  •  Serves as the Pathways advisor to leadership teams and the liaison to the ANCC Pathway/Magnet office, advisors and or consultants

  • Develops written reports related to assessments and recommends changes in the nursing professional practice environment

  • Supports Nursing Administration in assuming the organizational milieu reflects the internalization of the elements of performance for Pathway to Excellence

  • Provides administrative direction for the Shared Governance, Evidence Based Practice, Clinical Practice, Quality Improvement, and Pathway to Excellence processes

  •  Serves as professional practice advisor as warranted to all nursing councils

  •  Coordinates supports, and collaborates routinely with nursing leaders, managers, directors and Chief Nurses regarding advancement of the creation of a positive practice environment

  •  Develops and implements successful strategic and tactical plans for obtaining and retaining Nursing Pathway to Excellence and/or Magnet designation

  • Contributes to preparation and creation of biannual Nursing Report to include the annual goals and achievements impacting teammates, the community, organizations the enterprise and/or the nursing profession

  • Prepares, analyzes, and interprets data and prepares progress reports

  •  Collaborates with nursing quality professionals develops, and maintains a comprehensive data management system for achieving, maintaining continued readiness (e.g. NDNQI).

  • Promotes an environment of interdisciplinary patient centric excellence

  • Promotes, supports, facilitates nursing excellence through the process of Shared Governance both locally at a facility level as well as regionally and at an enterprise level


Skills and Qualifications:



  • High level of proficiency using computer hardware/software, proficiency in Excel, MS Office, and data management platforms required

  • Demonstrates proficiency in use computerized database systems

  • Develop appropriate technical specifications and project management plans to satisfy these requirements

  • Maintains strong attention to detail, and accuracy while prioritizing workload and meeting deliverables and expectations

  • Knowledge of clinical practice guidelines and best practices

  • Demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of nursing practice standards and evidence-based practice standards

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, providing routine updates, strategies and suggestions to promote and support continual process and performance improvement in nursing care

  • Proficiency in preparing and delivering professional presentations to interprofessional stakeholders

  • Strong analytic skills and the ability to develop and use metrics for program evaluation

  • An energetic, organized leader with the ability to stay on task managing multiple priorities

  • Possesses an understanding of performance improvement methodologies


Work Environment:



  • Subject to many interruptions

  • Frequently subjected to irregular hours

  • Subject to varying and unpredictable situations

  • Frequent pressure related to multiple calls, inquires, and diversity of primary customer needs

  • May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases


About Us


Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health have joined forces in a strategic combination that will enhance care, transform medical education and create economic opportunity for countless lives in North Carolina and beyond. As a part of that combination, the two health systems will be integrating technology and platforms, including our career sites.


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