From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 10, 2010

Editor's note: This feature is written by nursing staff development expert Adrianne Avillion. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of staff development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Q. We have an excellent clinical ladder advancement program for nursing staff, but few apply. The application process is extensive and requires completion of a CV, a biography of what they have accomplished, why they deserve advancement, etc. How can I help facilitate this process?

A. Consider having a class on how to complete the application process. Pina Violano, MSPH, RN-BC, CCRN, PhD(c), of Yale-New Haven (CT) Hospital, developed a day-long course to help nurses prepare their applications for clinical advancement.

The course covered topics such as CV writing, communication with managers, writing about their accomplishments, and their professional goals.

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