Clinical Career Ladder

Welcome to the guide for the University of Virginia Health System's Professional Nursing Staff Organization Clinical Career Ladder. The Ladder was initiated at UVA in 1988 and is based on Patricia Benner's work From Novice to Expert published in 1984. The Ladder continues to evolve based on nursing feedback and the needs of the organization. The decision to pursue advancement beyond the entry level is an individual choice based on interest in professional development, increased responsibility and accountability. Click the links below for more detailed information about UVAHS's Clinical Career Ladder.

 

 

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Find Career Ladder information for 2015 in:

The full Clinical Career Ladder Reference Handbook (58 page PDF, web & printer-friendly; 2015 version)
[IMPORTANT: updates posted February 2015]

Quick Links to Specific Handbook Sections:

Regulations
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General Regulations
- Clinician 3 Regulations
- Clinician 4 Regulations
- APN Regulations

Ladder Processes
-
ADVANCEMENT: Clinician 1 to Clinician II (mandatory)

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ADVANCEMENT Clinician II to III
- ADVANCEMENT Clinician III to IV
- ADVANCEMENT APN 1 to APN 2
- ADVANCEMENT APN 2 to APN 3
- VALIDATION Clinician II (5 months post-hire)
- VALIDATION Clinician III
- VALIDATION Clinician IV
- VALIDATION APN
- REVALIDATION Clinician IV
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REVALIDATION APN

Clinician Behaviors
- Clinical Career Ladder Behaviors Clinician I to Clinician IV

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Clinical Career Ladder Behaviors APN 1 to APN 3


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Notice of Intent

Now web-based:  Notice of Intent to Advance form

Portfolio Submission

  • Now web-based: Career Ladder Portfolio Submission form 
    for Advancement, Validation, and Revalidation into Clinician III or higher roles.
    Use this form to submit your materials, and check on progress updates from the Panelists regarding
    your interview status and decision letters!
  • Hardcopy submission is still requested in these circumstances:
    - Submit just a hardcopy CV and applicable Checklist (not a full portfolio) to your Manager (not to the PNSO Office),
    if you are...
    - Clinician 1 advancing to Clinician 2 | checklist
    - externally hired Clinician 2 validating post-hire | checklist

Checklists

Make sure to include the appropriate Checklist when submitting your portfolio:

ADVANCEMENT:

 

VALIDATION:

 

REVALIDATION:

 

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APPLICANTS FOR ADVANCEMENT, any level:
- Career Ladder Processes Tip Sheet Summary
-
List of Potential Mentors (Updated for 2015)
- Examples of Portfolio Development Materials

ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES:
- APNs' & Administrators' Toolkit for Advanced Practice ladder
- Orientation resources for New APNs
- APN Outcomes editable template | process overview & examples

MANAGERS & ADMINISTRATORS:
-
Managers' Toolkit
- Administrators' & APNs' Toolkit for Advanced Practice ladder

Contact the PNSO with questions!

IMPORTANT Career Ladder Dates

01/02/2015 - DEADLINE to Submit portfolio for QTR 1(validation & revalidation only)

03/15/2015 - DEADLINE to Submit Notice of Intent (required for validation & advancement only)

04/07/2015 - DEADLINE to Submit portfolio for QTR 2 (advancement, validation & revalidation)

04/27/2015 - INTERVIEWS

05/04/2015 - INTERVIEWS (NEW DATE!!!!)

05/25/2015 - Final Decision notification to candidates

06/07/2015 - Effective date for new position for successful advancees

06/15/2015 - DEADLINE to Submit Notice of Intent (required for validation & advancement only)

07/01/2015 - DEADLINE to Submit portfolio for QTR 3(validation & revalidation only)

07/27/2015 - INTERVIEWS

08/04/2015 - INTERVIEWS

08/15/2015 - Final Decision notification to candidates

09/15/2015 - DEADLINE to Submit Notice of Intent (required for validation & advancement only)

10/02/2015 - DEADLINE to Submit portfolio for QTR 4 (advancement, validation & revalidation)

10/26/2015 - INTERVIEWS

11/03/2015 - INTERVIEWS

11/18/2015 - Final Decision notifications to candidates

12/06/2015 - Effective date for new position for successful advancees