The American Nurses Credentialing Center has honored Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary with the Pathway to Excellence designation — making it one of 125 facilities nationwide and the first of only two hospitals in Louisiana with the distinction, a news release said.

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of a positive work environment where nurses can flourish and recognizes the professional satisfaction of nurses at Lane, identifying Lane as one of the best places for nurses to work, according to a news release.

“As a Pathway to Excellence hospital, Lane Regional is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice and to valuing nurses’ contributions in the workplace,” said Jennifer Johnson, chief nursing officer. “This designation confirms to the public that nurses working here know their efforts are supported and that Lane is a great place to work.”

For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives to create 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.

The process requires nurses to verify the presence of such criteria through a confidential online survey.

The ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence, the release said.