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NEW YORK — Close to 2000 system nurses will participate in the Nursing Clinical Ladder program, the NYC Health + Hospitals has announced. The program provides nurses with career advancement while remaining in the clinical setting and recognizing professional development, nursing expertise, and contributions to the nursing profession.
Now in its second year, open to all staff nurses within the system regardless of tenure or level, selected nurses can engage in several initiatives and projects, including leading their own research, engaging in volunteer work, participating in shared governance meetings, and more help enhance their experience.
This year’s program runs April through October 2021 and builds on its commitment to its nursing workforce and professional development.
In its inaugural year, participants submitted Covid-19 clinical reflections, projects on the impact hourly rounds have on patient outcomes, investigated multidisciplinary methods to help manage potentially aggressive psychosis patients in the Emergency Departments, further engage in community outreach, and various SWOT analyses on existing processes and programs to help straighten services.
“NYC Health + Hospitals is invested in the advancement of each of our 9,000 nursing professionals that keep our system going and provide exceptional care to all New Yorkers,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC. “Our Nursing Clinical Ladder program provides our nurses the opportunity to develop professional portfolios by completing projects focused on implementing evidence-based practice and quality improvement.
Interested participants are required to submit a formal application, which includes a letter of intent, along with approvals from their direct nursing leaders. Applications are evaluated by a Nursing Clinical Ladder Program review committee at each facility, made up of nursing leadership and Chief Nursing Officers.
Overall, the purpose of the program is to:
- Enhance, recognize, and reward professional development among staff nurses;
- Retain staff nurses in direct patient care positions;
- Enhance staff nurse employee satisfaction;
- Facilitate recruitment of Registered Nurses by incentivizing nursing professional development;
- Promote the vision of nursing at NYC Health + Hospitals; and
- Enhance nursing care and patient outcomes.
According to the NYC Health + Hospitals, the Nursing Clinical Ladder Program fulfills components of the NYSNA contract signed in December 2019, which included opportunities for retention and professional development for all system nurses.