PD Spotlight

Pathway Program Director Spotlight

Becky Skinner MSN, RN, PCCN 


Becky Skinner is a Professional Development Specialist and Pathway Program Director and two-time Pathway designated CarolinaEast Medical Center.  CarolinaEast Medical Center achieved their second designation in June 2020. Becky shares the personal impact of designation, using the framework through the pandemic and future plans.

  • What did getting the Pathway designation mean to you?
    • The Pathway to Excellence Designation was very meaningful to not only me personally but to all of the nurses of this organization from the bedside to the boardroom. This designation signifies the organization’s commitment to nursing excellence and a commitment to provide the highest level of care to every patient we encounter. It is a promise that this organization will strive to support nurses not only in their professional endeavors but also in their ability to have a healthy work life balance and a promise to continually look for opportunities to improve. Pathway empowers nurses to have their voice heard when advocating for themselves, their patients, and their community which is something that I am exceedingly proud to be a part of.
  • How do you feel the PTE framework supports your nurses during this time?
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every facet of healthcare. As a result, nurses have faced ever more complex roles as we continue to navigate through this time. The Pathway framework has supported nurses by providing for their well-being, recognizing their contributions, and empowering nurses to advocate for themselves and others. I am in constant awe of the nurses of CarolinaEast and their ability to care for their patients and one another despite whatever stressful events are occurring. CarolinaEast first encountered this in 2018 when Hurricane Florence devastated our community and again now during this pandemic. The culture of nursing excellence that the Pathway framework creates empowers nurses to innovate and excel through difficult times.
  • What do you hope to do in the future to support your PTE designation?
    • One of the things I love about Pathway is that in the name itself we know we are not at the finish line, we are always on our Pathway Journey and always striving to improve. In the future we will continue to grow and strengthen our professional governance structure because the nursing voice is so important in fostering improvement within the organization. We will work to continuously empower nurses and provide opportunities for them to grow professionally. Additionally, we will seek out new ways to recognize and reward nurses for what they contribute to the organization each and every day.