HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese recently honored 12 registered nurses (RNs) who continued their clinical development growth by participating in the hospital’s Nursing Clinical Ladder (NCL) program. 

The NCL promotes the lifelong pursuit of expertise of the clinical nurse. The overall goal of the program is to continue to provide high quality nursing care and opportunities for clinical nurses to experience professional growth and advancement. To apply for the program, nurses must complete a pledge of participation to commit to the program over a determined period of time.

There are three levels of clinical growth outlined in the program, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level outlines requirements for achievement that increase the higher the level.  These include references from co-workers/managers and some exemplars (written illustrations of the nurse’s professional practice) about patients the nurse has cared for and learned from. Nurses are also required to have a selection of continuing education pertinent to their unit.






St. Joseph’s recently honored the following RNs who continued their clinical development growth in the NCL program:

  • Stacy Albers and Tracy Mensing for Gold Level
  • Sarah Hemker for Silver Level 
  • Cathy Bostick, Pam Carpenter, Calista Dothager, Barb Eilers, Sara Kampwerth, Marla Mensing, Melanie Mensing, Kevin Schaubert and Angie Thole for Bronze Level

Each level has monetary awards for recipients who achieve that level, funded by the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation. A total of $8,500 was divided amongst the 12 individuals depending on the level of achievement reached. 

Rene Kruse, MSN, RN, clinical education and emergency preparedness coordinator, shared, “I congratulate these nurses whose participation in this program demonstrates their commitment to advancing their knowledge, leadership and practice excellence. Their dedication ultimately leads to higher quality care for our patients.”

Photo Captions:

Top Photo: (Left to right) Danielle Trame, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s surgery manager, presents Stacy Albers, RN, surgery department, with her monetary award for achieving a Gold Level in the hospital’s Nursing Clinical Ladder (NCL) program. The program is funded by the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation.

2nd Photo:  Serra Morton (left), director of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Women and Infants Center, and Zach Yoder (right) chief nursing officer, congratulate Tracy Mensing, RN (center), Women and Infants Center, for achieving the Gold Level award in the hospital’s Nursing Clinical Ladder (NCL) program.

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