At Children's Colorado, we support the professional development of our nurses throughout their careers – whether they're just entering the nursing profession or have had decades of experience. Our clinical ladder, education offerings, scholarship opportunities and advanced career opportunities support the continuous growth and development of our nursing team members.
Professional growth and development
We believe in continuous and lifelong learning. Our clinical ladder, the Professional Career Advancement Program (PCAP), provides a structure and process for nursing career advancement for clinical nurses.
Each of the four levels of advancement has specific job essential functions that differentiate performance expectations. Nurses can achieve promotion through an electronic application, portfolio and approval by the Nurse Credentialing Review Board. Our advancement is based on the QSEN competencies and includes the six QSEN domains plus Leadership.
Levels in our nursing clinical ladder
The levels of advancement include:
Clinical Level I: baccalaureate degree and new graduate registered nurse (RN) in first professional role
Clinical Level II: baccalaureate degree and minimum of 12 months of direct care nursing experience
Clinical Level III: baccalaureate degree and certification required; member in professional organization, meeting essential functions in the job description
Clinical Level IV: baccalaureate degree and certification required; active member in professional organization/profession of nursing, meeting essential functions in job description
Professional development throughout your nursing career
In addition to our professional advancement for nurses, we offer various programs and opportunities to help nurses develop their skills and careers.
Early nursing career opportunities
New Graduate Nurse Residency Program: Our nurse residency program is accredited by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Through the program, new graduate nurses participate in classroom, clinical lab/simulation instruction, precepted clinical experience and mentorship activities as they begin their nursing careers with us. Learn more about our New Graduate Nurse Residency Program.
Opportunities to enhance nursing education and skills
Nurse research fellowship: We offer a nursing research fellowship to help nurses expand knowledge in their clinical area of choice. Learn how these nursing research programs can help you grow your knowledge, skills and expertise.
Continuing nursing education: We host continuing education opportunities throughout the year that are open to our nursing team and healthcare professionals from other institutions. These opportunities include conferences, courses and self-study programs. Learn about our continuing education opportunities for nurses.
Hearst scholarship: The Hearst Nurse Scholars Program is made possible by generous funding from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. This program provides financial support to 12 nurse leaders who are completing or planning to complete graduate studies to acquire the educational and theoretical foundations necessary to lead as healthcare changes dramatically. Nursing leaders in good standing, who have demonstrated a commitment to the mission, vision and values of Children's Colorado through their service to the organization, are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will receive a total stipend of $20,000 over a two-year period.
Advanced practice nursing opportunities
In partnership with the University of Colorado, we have opportunities for advanced practice professionals in diverse clinical settings including outpatient primary and specialty care clinics, inpatient and critical care units and surgical services. Learn about advanced practice opportunities.
Research opportunities for nurses
We’re dedicated to advancing pediatric healthcare through research and clinical inquiry. Learn about nursing research and our commitment to advancing healthcare knowledge and nursing practice.
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