Tips from BESD: Helping nurses climb the clinical ladder

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, August 27, 2010

Does your organization have a process for clinical advancement? Do many nurses pursue advancement, or do they feel there are barriers?

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. As a result, she felt there was a serious problem.

"As an educator, I was concerned that so few nurses were completing the application process to advance clinically," says Violano. "I believed that nurses needed a voice to prepare themselves to attempt clinical advancement."

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