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Clinical Career Ladder

Career Advancement in a Clinical Setting

The clinical ladder is a tool developed by Chesapeake Regional to provide staff nurses’ career advancement while remaining in the clinical setting. It is used to recognize professional development and differentiates levels of nursing expertise and contribution. The purpose of the clinical ladder is to:

  • Enhance, recognize and reward professional development among staff nurses.
  • Retain staff nurses in direct patient care positions.
  • Enhance staff nurse employee satisfaction.
  • Facilitate recruitment of registered nurses by becoming recognized as a “nurse friendly” organization.
  • Promote the nursing vision throughout Chesapeake Regional Healthcare.
  • Enhance nursing care by recognizing and utilizing nursing expertise in the care of Chesapeake Reigonal patients.

This Clinical Ladder Guideline is developed to assist staff nurses in understanding what opportunities for advancement are available to them, how the clinical ladder system is structured and the process for participation in the clinical ladder. In addition, Clinical Ladder Ambassadors are available with expertise in each clinical area and welcome the opportunity to assist you in your clinical ladder application process. It is our desire to assist all interested staff nurses in reaching their career goals.