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Application Process

All applicants to all levels: Please follow these directions to ensure that your application addresses all requirements.

Application Calendar

View the calendar.

Role-Specific Requirements to Apply

As a first step, potential applicants are encouraged to take time for self-reflection and self-assessment to determine their own readiness.  The Levels and Behaviors for each role form the basis for that determination. See the self-reflection guide.

Central Committee

An important feature of the Professional Development Framework and Role Specific Advancement Model is the Central Committee. The Central Committee provides a full review of each applicant’s portfolio in the context of the Framework domains and behaviors.  Each Central Committee member participates in a two-day orientation program to deepen their understanding of Framework and RSAM as well as Central Committee responsibilities and processes, focusing on the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective member.

The Central Committee reviews Application Portfolios and interviews candidates who seek advancement to Levels D & E in Framework or to Expert or Mastery in RSAM.  Membership is comprised of 18 nurses who are representative of the UMHS nursing community. All Framework and RSAM nurses on the Central Committee must have themselves gone through the advancement process.  Appointed by JIT, the Central Committee is currently chaired by the Director of Professional Development and Education, Dr. Sharon Smith, PhD, RN and the Educational Nurse Specialist lead for Framework/RSAM, Stephanie Minerath, MSN, RN.  Per contract, the Central Committee members have staggered terms of two years, with half of the committee rotating off every year.  Members may be re-appointed.

The Central Committee conducts its work in accordance with group norms created to uphold and maintain the integrity of the Professional Development Framework and Role Specific Advancement Model..

See list of current members (can only be accessed within Hospital network).

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The Role Specific Advancement Model Appeals Procedure is coordinated through the Office of Professional Development and Education.  The philosophy and processes that guide the Central Committee are applied to the Appeals Process, including deep respect for each applicant, confidentiality of the review, a commitment to thoroughness through the use of the same tools and interview processes used by the Central Committee review panels, and developmental feedback provided to all Appeals applicants. 
Read the Procedure.


A coach is a nurse with special training who consults and works with a Framework applicant over the course of the application process. The consistent 1:1 relationship between the coach and nurse will foster the exploration of professional strengths/ accomplishments and promote fully developed exemplar writing. The coach may assist the applicant in managing the process of developing a portfolio and preparing for the Central Committee review panel interview.

While it is not required that you work with a coach, it is highly recommended that you take advantage of this assistance before you submit your application. A coach is now available to assist you. Our coach possesses a full understanding of Framework/RSAM processes and is skilled in helping nurses to identify and communicate to others their unique contributions, skills, strengths, and goals.

Meet the PDF/RSAM Coach: Joanne Hazelton

To reach Joanne, click on Contact Us and share your interest in meeting with her. Please note where you work, and how you can best be reached.



View the glossary of terms used for the role-specific advancement model.

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Target Audience: UMHS Nurses | Author/Contact: Stephanie Minerath | Last reviewed: 1/2012