Original ArticlesDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Nursing The Pathway to Excellence Framework AlignmentMorrison, Valerie DBA, MSM, BSN; Hauch, Rodney R. DNP; Perez, Edith MSN; Bates, Melissa DNP; Sepe, Paulette MSN; Dans, Maricon MSN Author Information Student Health Services, University of North Florida, Jacksonville (Dr Morrison); BayCare Health Systems, St Joseph Hospital, Tampa, Florida (Dr Hauch); James A. Haley Veterans Medical Center, Tampa, Florida (Ms Perez); and American Nurses Credentialing Center/American Nurses Association, Silver Spring, Maryland (Dr Bates and Mss Sepe and Dans). Correspondence: Melissa Bates, DNP, American Nurses Credentialing Center/American Nurses Association, 8515 Georgia Ave #400, Silver Spring, MD 20910 ([email protected]). The authors declare no conflict of interest. Nursing Administration Quarterly: October/December 2021 - Volume 45 - Issue 4 - p 311-323 doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000494 Buy Metrics Abstract The promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in nursing is a topic of renewed importance, given the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd and identified disparities in health and health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite its progress, the nursing profession continues to struggle with recruiting and retaining a workforce that represents the cultural diversity of the patient population. The authors completed a review of the literature on DEI in nursing and found a scarcity of studies, and that a limitation exists due to the strength of the evidence examined. This article aims to provide a review of the literature on DEI in nursing, outcomes and strategies associated with organizational DEI efforts, and knowledge on how the American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence® Designation Program framework supports DEI initiatives. The authors further provided recommendations for nurse leaders and a checklist of proposed questions for assessing commitment, culture, and structural empowerment initiatives toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.