The program supports advancement from novice to expert based on the five phases of professional growth as described by Dr. Patricia Benner. It provides professional nurses at BID Needham an opportunity for career development and recognition.
The five phases of professional growth described by Benner are as follows:
- Novice: beginner with no experience
- Advanced Beginner: possesses a working knowledge of key aspects of practice; demonstrates acceptable performance
- Competent: begins to see actions in terms of long-range goals or plans; typically, a nurse with 2-3 years experience in the same area
- Proficient: understands situations as a whole; perceives the meaning of situations in terms of long term goals; deals with complex situations holistically
- Expert: maintains an intuitive grasp of clinical situations; performance is fluid, flexible, and highly-proficient
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.
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 section of the website.
- Applying for advancement to Clinical Nurse III
- Eligibility for advancement to Clinical Nurse III
- Application process
- Criteria for Clinical Nurse III
- Guidelines for Clinical Nurse III portfolios
- Required documentation/checklist
- Your portfolio
- Application for clinical nurse advancement
- Guidelines for letter of recommendation for advancement to Clinical Nurse III