Clinical Advancement Program

Nursing Clinical Advancement Program

Mount Sinai South Nassau Clinical Ladder or Clinical Advancement Program (CAP)

The Clinical Ladder or Clinical Advancement Program (CAP) provides a way to formally recognize professional clinical full-time and part-time nurses for their expertise and engagement in unit, department and organizational activities.

Through the program, nurses analyze their own practice and seek recognition for the level of practice at the bedside that they have achieved.

FOCUS AREAS RN I
Novice -
Competent RN
250 Points

RN II
Competent - Proficient RN
300 Points

RN III
350 points
Proficient

RN IV
Proficient –
Expert RN
400 Points
RN V Clinical Nurse Leader
Has a minimum of 3 yrs. of RN experience
500 Points
Definition of Clinical Practice Competent clinician focused on expanding knowledge & skills Proficient &  skilled clinician recognized for knowledge & skills by their peers Well-developed clinical proficiency, recognized as an exemplary leader & role model in the unit practice environment Well-developed clinical expertise, recognized as an exemplary leader & role model in the clinical area & within MSSN
Focused clinical expertise. Recognized as an exemplary leader, educator & practitioner in the clinical domain; Recommended for this level by DON for active contributions in addressing the strategic priorities of the organization beyond the individual unit & consistently exceeding expectations.
Professionalism
& Education

Minimum of 10 CE contact hrs. annually Minimum of 10 CE contact hrs. annually Minimum of 10 CE contact hrs. annually Minimum of 10 CE contact hrs. annually Effective July 2021: Obtains/Maintains Professional Certification Minimum of 10 CE contact hrs. annually Maintains Professional Certification Demonstrates a pattern of continuous learning
Community Service
Required Required Required Required Required Active community involvement portraying a positive image of nursing
Quality, Research & Innovation

Active Participant in unit-based initiatives, council or committee work Active Participant in: council/committee work; PI & Quality Projects or Initiatives Active Participant in: councils, committees; PI & Quality Projects or Initiatives Demonstrated Leadership within a council, committee or project; Participates in PI. Research & Quality Projects or Initiatives
Lead/Co-Leads a council, committee, task force or project that advances the strategic priorities of the organization beyond the unit specific level; Actively participates in practice innovations, research & quality projects or strategic initiatives
Service Excellence Exemplars demonstrating service excellence Exemplars demonstrating service excellence Exemplars demonstrating service excellence Exemplars demonstrating service excellence Multiple Exemplars  demonstrating a philosophy of service excellence Consistently demonstrates the STAAR standards of performance in all interpersonal interactions
Leadership Emerging Clinical Leader & Charge Role; Member of a Professional Organization Developing Leader & Charge Role; Member of a Professional Organization Assumes Leader, Charge Role; Member of a Professional Organization
Assumes Leader, Charge & Mentor Role; Member of a Professional Organization
Consistently and proactively assumes Leader, Charge & Mentor Role; Influences patient care, nursing practice & the practice environment on a departmental & organizational level Member of a Professional Organizatio