YNHH clinical nurse ladder advances more than 100

Two of the three nurses who advanced to CN IV are shown with managers after the ceremony. They are (l-r): Francine LoRusso, RN; Denine Baxter, RN, patient service manager, Pediatric Emergency Department; William Kean, RN, Pediatric ED; Winsome Smith, RN, CN IV, Apheresis; William Hoffman, Jr., RN, patient service manager, Multispecialty Outpatient Unit, Hematology; and RCAP co-chairs Catherine Ford, RN, CN IV, CTICU, and Mary McNally, RN, CN IV, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. Unavailable for the ceremony was Patricia M'Sadoques, RN, CN IV, Surgical Intensive Care Unit.
Two of the three nurses who advanced to CN IV are shown with managers after the ceremony. They are (l-r): Francine LoRusso, RN; Denine Baxter, RN, patient service manager, Pediatric Emergency Department; William Kean, RN, Pediatric ED; Winsome Smith, RN, CN IV, Apheresis; William Hoffman, Jr., RN, patient service manager, Multispecialty Outpatient Unit, Hematology; and RCAP co-chairs Catherine Ford, RN, CN IV, CTICU, and Mary McNally, RN, CN IV, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. Unavailable for the ceremony was Patricia M'Sadoques, RN, CN IV, Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

YNHH recently advanced 111 nurses on its Recognition and Clinical Advancement Program. Three nurses advanced to the highest level, CN IV, 36 advanced to CN III and 72 advanced to CN II. Since YNHH started its internal recognition ladder in 1991, more than 3,000 nurses have advanced on it. With the recommendation of their managers, nurses record their experiences with patients in a portfolio of exemplars that reflects evidence-based practice and family-centered care.

For consideration for the next open session of RCAP, nurses on the York Street Campus must get their application letter in to their patient service manager by April 5 and submit their portfolios by April 26.

"An impressive number of nurses advanced at the last RCAP ceremony," said Francine LoRusso, RN, director, Patient Services, Heart and Vascular Center, and liaison to RCAP. "Nurses value the clinical ladder at YNHH and despite caring for record numbers of patients as well as commitments outside of work, they still find the time to do the work necessary to advance.

"We are working with our colleagues on the Saint Raphael Campus to blend their nursing ladder structure with ours and will provide information when this becomes effective," said LoRusso. "We look forward to offering a ladder to the more than 3,500 nurses who are eligible to advance on it. We want to offer all our nurses every opportunity to advance and grow within Yale-New Haven Hospital."