Professional Advancement System
Professional Advancement System for Nurse Clinicians
This voluntary bonus program for direct care registered nurses represents
a collaborative effort between nursing staff, nursing leadership, and
human resources to support Kaweah Delta’s nursing vision and philosophy,
achieve organizational goals,and enhance patient care. The criteria and
processes of the professional advancement system are understood to be
dynamic in order to promote professional development and balanced participation
in evidence based decision making and practice changes.
Here’s what some of our nurses have to say about the program:
"The program empowers nurses to strive for professional excellence.
It inspires staff nurses to reach for higher goals as we participate in
policy changes, quality improvement and community service. It is an avenue
to share your journey and hopefully inspire other healthcare workers."
Kim Thompson – Labor & Delivery
"The Professional Advancement System allows nurses to become more
knowledgeable with skills, experience, critical analysis, problem solving,
and evidence based practice. The program opens your eyes in a way that
makes you want to better yourself, the department you work in, and the
hospital; it helps nurses grow in ways that are unimaginable!"
Brian Piearcy – Surgery
"The overall process has opened my eyes to how I can contribute in
my role as a staff nurse to aid in the improvement of patient care and
have input on the systems that go on within our organization."
Jeanette Callison – ICU
"The program has great worth in that it promotes unit involvement,
dedication and betterment of nursing practice. I found myself searching
for opportunities to complete my professional advancement goals throughout
the year – providing me with the ability to help my patients, parents
of patients and unit members."
Cheryl Oliveira – NICU
"I believe the Professional Advancement System has fostered role development.
It was a goal of mine to become certified in my field after two years
of practice. However, participating in the program provided the incentive
to complete my certification this year. I am very proud of this accomplishment
and wear the “CNOR” on my badge with pride!"
Rebecca Brown – Surgery
"When the people in the community think of nurses, they don’t
think of someone who simply clocks in and out. They think of someone they
trust, that is involved with the community, and who is actively engaged
with decision making and change for the better! We are a team and the
Professional Advancement System helps lift the level of commitment the
members of the team possess."
Michelle Cody – MCH Flex Team
"To succeed in the program you have to contribute to your department
in ways that do make a difference to our patients, physicians, and co-workers.
Participants become committed to making a positive change in their department;
they become more involved in the hospital as a whole."
Wendy Heatherly – Surgery