Nursing

Helping nurses climb the clinical ladder

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), September 1, 2010

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At Yale-New Haven (CT) Hospital, Pina Violano, MSPH, RN-BC, CCRN, PhD(c), was concerned that too few nurses took advantage of the clinical advancement program offered by her organization. Violano is now the injury prevention coordinator for the trauma department, but at the time she was a clinical nurse educator in the Center for Professional Practice. She says only 50% of nurses participated in the program and less than 0.2% achieved Clinical Nurse IV, the highest level of practice (Pellico & Violano, 2010). As a result, she felt there was a serious problem. 

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