Clinical Ladders

Clinical Ladders

Our Clinical Ladders Program is designed to recognize and motivate ongoing development of expertise and professionalism of our nurses.

Through this program, our nurses achieve professional growth, receive incentives for advancement on the ladder, and achieve specialty certification before applying to Clinical Ladder Levels 3 and 4. They advance through the program one level at a time, each one more complex, with increased responsibility and accountability. From the basic knowledge and skills of Clinical Level 1 to the clinical expertise they demonstrate within a defined specialty for Level 4, our Clinical Ladder Program encourages our nurses to pursue and achieve their goals. The ladder overview is as follows:

Level I

  • Entry-level, focused primarily on developing basic knowledge and skills.

Level II

  • Competent staff nurse focused on expanding knowledge and skills, capable of daily charge role.

  • Assumes an increasing level of leadership, while seeking mentorship

Level III

  • Experienced and highly skilled staff nurse, clinically proficient and recognized for knowledge and skills by peers.

  • Has an emerging leadership style and functions consistently and autonomously in this role.

Level IV

  • Holds a BSN or higher degree in nursing and possesses clinical expertise within a defined specialty.

  • Demonstrates performance improvement, research process, evidence-based practice and peer mentoring.


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