The American Nurses Credentialing Centre has announced that Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services achieved Pathway to Excellence® designation.
This announcement makes the Service the first addiction and mental health service in Australia to gain the credential and was made on the eve of International Nurses Day.
Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services for Metro South Health Veronica Casey said The Pathway to Excellence® program empowers the voice of nurses and recognises their valuable contribution.
"The Pathway to Excellence credential highlights Metro South Health as an employee of choice to nurses across the country.
"The Service received amazing results just in time for International Nurses Day, which acknowledges the important role of nursing across the world."
"Addiction and Mental Health Services has demonstrated that our nurses and the team around them have a high commitment to their patients and to the delivery of outstanding care.
"The nurses often work with complex, vulnerable consumers in challenging environments and deliver an outstanding level of service and commitment to the profession."
Director of Nursing Liz Powell said earning the prestigious award acknowledged organisations that are committed to excellence in nursing and the development of a positive practice environment for nurses.
"Earning the designation is a rigorous process and a challenge. It was achieved by the nurses and the Service during the challenges of the past 12 months, which included the COVID-19 pandemic.
"To deliver patient-centred care, you must first enable your workforce; and Pathway to Excellence® highlights the systems and structures in place to do that.
"The Pathway to Excellence journey was about giving our nurses a voice, and I'm so proud of this achievement, with the ANCC acknowledging our results as being absolutely outstanding.
"I would like to thank every nurse for their contribution to the care we deliver every day. I would also like to acknowledge the team we work with, who supported and rallied around our nurses during the Pathway to Excellence® journey.
“Taking part in the Pathway to Excellence® journey provided the framework for ongoing transformation that will ensure we have an environment where nurses feel valued, excited, challenged and rewarded," she said.
This credential recognises the commitment of the Metro South Health, Addiction and Mental Health Services to nursing excellence, safety, and a positive work environment, all of which contribute to patients' quality of care and experience.