The five phases of professional growth described by Benner are as follows
At BID–Needham, the Clinical Nurse Advancement Program provides an opportunity for qualified clinical nurses who practice at the level of proficiency and beyond to apply for advancement to Clinical Nurse III.
This packet was developed for the purpose of describing the clinical advancement process at BID–Needham and providing guidance to nurses who seek advancement. You are encouraged to contact Heidi Alpert, RN, Chair of the Clinical Nurse Advancement Review Board or any other members of the Review Board for additional information and guidance throughout the advancement process. Below is a list of the topics addressed in this packet.
Advancement to Clinical Nurse III provides recognition for advanced clinical and leadership skills, an increase in compensation and a change in title. Each year, all nurses who have been advanced to clinical nurse III in the previous twelve months are recognized during Nurses Week.
When transferring to another unit, clinical nurses will retain the title of Clinical Nurse III. During the annual performance review process, nurses who have advanced will be evaluated according to their Clinical Nurse III level of practice.
Advancement to clinical nurse III is initiated by a qualified applicant with the endorsement of his/her unit Nursing Director. There is no set schedule or deadline to complete the application process. The review board, which is comprised of nurses who represent a variety of clinical areas, meets every month to review portfolios and make decisions regarding individual nurse advancement.
The application process is based on defined criteria and requires the creation of a portfolio. The portfolio consists of the following components