Office of Nursing Services (ONS)
Magnet and Pathway to Excellence Designation Journey for VHA Medical Centers
The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Similarly, the Pathway to Excellence Program® is the premier designation for healthy work environments and recognizes health care organizations and Long Term Care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. Both programs recognize facilities that demonstrate nursing excellence and innovation in practice and leadership which result in positive nurse satisfaction and low turnover and vacancy rates. These qualities, when combined with collaborative interdisciplinary professional practice, promote excellence in health care delivery and enhancement of an organization’s overall health. This page is designed to offer guidance and resources for nurse leaders seeking Magnet® designation and/or Pathway to Excellence® designation. Current American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)-designated VHA Magnet and Pathway facilities are listed below. Useful resources are also listed below to aid in navigating the Magnet® and/or Pathway to Excellence® Journey. In addition to the current 4 designated Magnet® facilities and two designated Pathway to Excellence® facilities, more than 20 additional facilities are in some phase of formal application and another 70 plus have adopted Magnet® and/or Pathway to Excellence® principles.