Nursing staff honored for Clinical Development Growth

January 05, 2023 

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 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:

Platinum Level
Stacy Albers, RN, Surgical Services

Gold Level
Barb Eilers, RN, House Supervisor
Rachelle Haake, RN, Inpatient Care
Sarah Hemker, RN, Case Management
Angie Thole, RN, Surgical Services

Silver Level
Cathy Bostick, RN, Women and Infant Center
Pam Carpenter, RN, Outpatient Surgery
Cassie Hilmes, RN, Surgical Services
Sara Kampwerth, RN, Outpatient Surgery
Marla Mensing, RN, Outpatient Surgery
Ashley Thole, RN, Surgical Services

Bronze Level
Mary Fitzgerald, RN, Emergency Department

Each level has monetary awards for recipients who achieve that level, funded by the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation. A total of $17,000 was divided amongst the 12 individuals depending on the level of achievement reached. 

Amanda Ennen, DNP, RN, 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 Caption: 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. Shown at the recent ceremony are (left to right) Aaron Puchbauer, president and CEO; Cassie Hilmes, RN, surgical services (Silver level); Sara Kampwerth, RN, outpatient surgery (Silver level); Stacy Albers, RN, surgical services (Platinum level); Angie Thole, RN, surgical services (Gold level); Pam Carpenter, RN, outpatient surgery (Silver level); and Amanda Ennen, DNP, RN, chief nursing officer.


 

Nursing staff honored for Clinical Development Growth