I still remember the day in 2002 when Linda Aiken of the University of Pennsylvania worked with voluntary partners among ANCC-recognized Magnet hospitals to forge relationships with four hospitals in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia.

Known as The Nursing Quality Improvement Initiative, a program of the Washington-DC based American International Health Alliance (AIHA), the pilot program tested the applicability of Magnet nursing services standards to NIS hospitals.

A voluntary project, our results exceeded our expectations. The outcomes created by our NIS partners validated our assumptions that nurses in the NIS countries can meet and exceed Program Care and Performance Standards. The results of this program, published by Aiken, served as a basis for what is now known as Pathways.

Nurses in the NIS/CEE countries have traveled the Pathway; they are role models for each of us.