The Clinical Advancement Program is designed to have as one of its core components Professional Development. Vanguard MacNeal nurses have a strong commitment to the profession and the organization. The limitless growth potential of every employee is valued and supported. Clinical advancement supports this growth of professional development. The implementation and maintenance of such a program enhances Vanguard MacNeal Hospital's ability to recruit and retain professional nurses who, in turn, contribute to the achievement of quality patient outcomes. Our direct care nurse-led Professional Practice Council developed and lead this program.
Participating nurses seek to improve through five levels of excellence that are based on minimum years of experience; advanced degrees and specialty certifications; and credit attained through certain activities. Those activities include returning back to school and getting board certified in their specialty; providing evidence based education for their peers; shared governance participation; service as a preceptor, mentor or adjunct faculty; recognition from local or national nursing organization; community service/volunteerism; participator or initiator nursing research; and author of an article published in a journal.