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Professional Development Framework:
Requirements to Apply

One of the strengths of the UMHS Professional Development Framework is that it allows the nurse to self-initiate the process for advancement. Additionally, there may be times that a nurse chooses to take a step back in framework in order to pursue other professional or life priorities. Opportunities to move within the Professional Development Framework are open and flexible, with a few general parameters: 

Level A Nurses: New graduates are hired into Level A. On his or her 12 month anniversary date he or she will be advanced to level C.

New Hire Level C Nurses: New hires with 12 months or greater nursing experience are hired into Framework Level C and are eligible to apply for advancement following 6 months of service (Addendum D, Section B, 1).

Applicants may “skip” levels. For example, a nurse at Level C who believes his or her practice and portfolio demonstrate Level E practice, may apply to Level E. 

All nurses contemplating advancement within the Framework, through the Central Committee process to Level D or E, are encouraged to take time for self reflection and self assessment to determine readiness based on the Professional Development Framework Behaviors.Once the decision is made to apply for advancement, it is time for preparation of your Application Portfolio.


Target Audience:UMHS Nurses | Author/Contact: Stephanie Minerath
Last reviewed: 11/10/2015 April Stingo