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Clinical Ladder Program

The nursing clinical ladder program provides an opportunity for professional development and enhanced quality of patient care. This concept is based on the understanding that the art of nursing is practiced at different levels of expertise.

Philosophy

The Nursing Clinical Ladder Program at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center provides an opportunity for professional development, recognition for performance, and enhanced quality of patient care. This concept is based on the understanding that the art of nursing is practiced at different levels of skills and competencies.

Three levels of clinical practice are identified as the framework for the RN who demonstrates initiative and progression toward expert clinical skills. The differences between these levels focus on increased independent practice, expanded knowledge in health, wellness, disease processes, educational responsibilities, and clinical professional activity consistent with the Code of Conduct.

Clinical Services emphasizes excellence in patient care as a primary goal. This program provides personal recognition, and rewards professional nurses who choose to pursue advancement along a clinical track.

The table below outlines two different tracks that a Professional Nurse may pursue:

Tract A - AD Degree Tract B - BSN or BS Major in Nursing
Level I ($0)

Level II RN + Course + EBP Workshop ($1.00)

Level III RN + National Cert + EBP Workshop ($2.00)
Level I RN + BS in Nursing/BSN ($1.00)
**May Apply after Completing Introductory Period**

Level II RN + BS in Nursing BSN + Course + EBP Workshop ($2.00)

Level III RN + BS in Nursing/BSN + National Cert + EBP Work Shop ($3.00)

Upon completion of the Introductory Period, an RN with a BS in Nursing or BSN may apply to the Clinical Ladder. When an Associate Degree RN obtains a BS in Nursing or a BSN, he or she may submit an application along with a copy of the degree for transfer to the Tract B pay scale. The re-certification period stays the same.