Nursing ladder reinstated at Novant Health

Culpeper, Va., June 30, 2016 – This year, the Registered Nurse Clinical Ladder Program has been reinstated to provide the nurses at Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center an opportunity to achieve personal growth and receive greater recognition for their efforts. Each level of the Clinical Ladder is associated with increasing expertise, responsibility and authority.

“At Culpeper Medical Center, we are dedicated to excellence and quality, as evidenced by our eighth consecutive Leapfrog grade A,” said Greg Napps, CEO of Culpeper Medical Center. “The Clinical Ladder program allows us to recognize nursing leadership, encourage growth in the field and identify best practices across the profession. This is another example of how we are striving to provide the best care possible, here in our community.”

The ladder has four levels: Clinician I to Clinician IV. Clinician I and II designations are awarded based on performance, but nurses who wish to move up to Clinician III or IV must complete specific criteria for advancement, including writing a letter of intent, creating a portfolio demonstrating the quality and extent of their work and participating in an interview with a panel of their peers. During the first round of the reinstated Clinical Ladder program, 11 nurses achieved new or maintained Clinician III or IV status.

“The clinical ladder is intended to promote both individual and professional growth,” said Mindi Bowers, administrative director for outpatient and surgical services at Culpeper Medical Center. “It is intended for nurses who spend at least 50 percent of their time in direct patient care and it’s really special to hear them talk about their passion for nursing. It’s really humbling to work with nurses who are so passionate and caring for our patients.”