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Honor recognizes positive nursing practice environment

Tuesday May 1, 2012
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The American Nurses Credentialing Center has again designated Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville (Texas) as a Pathway to Excellence hospital. Texas Health Stephenville is one of 77 U.S. hospitals to earn this recognition for creating a work environment that supports nurses.

"We are thrilled to have earned this designation and appreciate the support and feedback from our nurses to make our hospital a place they enjoy working at each day," CNO Cindy McCarthy, RN, BSN, CEN, MBA, MHA, said in a news release. "I am proud to be part of such a great team of nurses who make patient safety and quality a priority in all that they do."

To achieve the Pathway to Excellence designation, hospitals must foster an environment where nurses can excel in their practice, according to the release. Hospitals also must meet 12 practice standards essential to nursing practice, according to the ANCC.

Nurses at Texas Health Stephenville completed a survey discussing their satisfaction with the hospital and identifying it as a best place to work.

"A major reason for our positive environment for nurses is that we combine our traditional 'family taking care of family’ approach with the extensive support and resources of the Texas Health system," said Devra LeFevre, RNC-OB, director of women’s services. "This means our nurses can take advantage of Texas Health’s benefits and opportunities for education, advancement and networking while working at a hospital that truly emphasizes patients, co-workers and community."

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