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YNHH clinical nurse ladder advances more than 100

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."

Yale-New Haven Hospital news release

Yale-New Haven Hospital is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine. Yale-New Haven was founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826. Today, the hospital's two New Haven-based inpatient campuses include Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties. YNHH's York Street campus and associated ambulatory sites are Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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