HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland recently honored four 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 four levels of clinical growth outlined in the program, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. 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:

  • Lyndsey Gelly for Platinum Level
  • Holly Deien, Emily Duffin and Stephanie Grant for Silver Level 

Each level has monetary awards for recipients who achieve that level, funded by the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation. A total of $6,000 was divided amongst the four individuals depending on the level of achievement reached. 

Teresa Cornelius, chief nursing officer, 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) Lyndsey Gelly, RN, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland, received the Platinum Level award in the hospital’s Nursing Clinical Ladder (NCL) program, and is recognized by Teresa Cornelius, chief nursing officer. The NCL program is funded by the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation.

(above) Teresa Cornelius, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s chief nursing officer, recognizes Holly Deien, RN; Emily Duffin, RN; and Stephanie Grant, RN, for their achievement of the Silver Level award in the hospital’s Nursing Clinical Ladder (NCL) program.

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HSHS Illinois
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