One year ago, Guthrie County Hospital rolled out the Nursing Clinical Ladder Program. This is a structured, year-long program that encourages career advancement in the clinical setting. The Nursing Clinical Ladder recognizes and rewards professional development and clinical excellence. The participants must meet the minimum requirements to enter the program and be involved in community service, hospital committees, and professional organizations. Points are then gained over the year by completing evidenced-based practice activities that include staff education, patient education, the creation and revision of policies and procedures, and continuous quality improvement projects. All activities are accompanied by a typed reflection and organized into a professional portfolio that is reviewed by the Clinical Ladder Review Committee at the end of the year.

Two nurses completed the entire process, and both achieved successful Clinical Ladder advancement:

Clinical Level V

  • Stephaney Brondum, MSN, RN, CNL

Clinical Level IV

  • Kassie Cline, RN, BSN

Congratulations Stephaney & Kassie!

Pictured left to right: Chris Stipe, Kassie Cline, Stacy Lambert & Sandy Atkinson

Pictured left to right: Chris Stipe, Stephaney Brondum, Stacy Lambert & Sandy Atkinson