Professional Development Framework:
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- Framework recognizes, rewards, and provides professional advancement opportunities for nurses who provide direct patient care.
- “Abundance” is an essential aspect of the model. There are no budgetary restrictions on the number of nurses who can apply per unit or area. Nurses do not compete with one another for a limited number of advancement opportunities. All nurses who apply for advancement and demonstrate achievement of a preponderance of the defined behaviors are able to advance.
- Framework advancement is self initiated and self directed. A nurse may apply to advance whenever he/she is ready and able to demonstrate behaviors that align with a level.
- Nurses apply for advancement by submitting a portfolio that describes their practice from their own perspective, as well as that of their manager and colleagues. This portfolio contains specific elements that, when viewed together, provide a comprehensive picture of the applicant’s practice as a Registered Nurse in their current clinical setting.
- A Central Committee composed of nurses in clinical and management roles reviews the portfolios, interviews nurse applicants, and renders decisions on advancement.
- The Professional Development Framework, and the advancement program for role specific nurses, the Role Specific Advancement Model, are part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and are described in Addendum D, pages 212 -217 of the 2011 nursing contract.
- Clinical Skills and Knowledge
- Therapeutic Relationships
- Professional Relationships
- Professional Development
- Advancing Practice through Innovation and Research
Framework represents a paradigm shift: A role, such as Charge Nurse, preceptor, or committee member, describes something you do that involves a number of specific tasks. Behaviors describe how you practice in a qualitative way.
Roles, in and of themselves, do not determine the depth of one’s nursing practice. Framework values how you practice nursing. It encompasses the depth and the scope of all of your work, and it does not require wearing the mantel of any particular role to advance.
So, yes, you can advance without being a Charge Nurse.
When asking a Peer for a Letter of Support for Advancement to Level D or E, can the peer be from any Level?
What happens if I want to transfer to another unit? Will my progression through the levels start over?
The goal of Framework is to support as well as recognize the development of a nurse’s practice from Novice to Expert. If a nurse is not advanced, suggestions will be offered to assist the nurse in achieving their goal.
If the RN disagrees with the decision and the reasons given for not advancing, he or she may appeal the decision. The appeals process is described on the website under Tools and Resources
Will a nurse who has discipline in his/her file be automatically barred from advancement or renewal?
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Last reviewed: 11/2013