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The professional development of our nurses at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is critical if we are to achieve our vision of being the leader in improving child health.
Our formal Nursing Advancement Program is a unique promotional program. It provides career opportunities for clinical nurses who demonstrate leadership and advanced clinical knowledge and skills. The program allows nurses to be formally recognized, make more money and assume leadership roles that impact patient care and the organization.
All registered nurses are eligible to be hired into an advanced nursing position if they meet the requirements. Your nurse recruiter will inform you of these requirements and the process needed for entry into an advanced nursing level position.
Nurses may apply for the Nursing Advancement Program at any time.
As a Cincinnati Children's employee, it is possible to fulfill all of your continuing education requirements for your Ohio license free of charge. To meet the variety of scheduling needs of the nursing staff, many programs are offered as independent study activities and are available online.
These programs are free of charge to Cincinnati Children's employees. Our Center for Professional Excellence develops more than 75 different continuing professional education programs and research activities each year.
Continuing education opportunities include advanced practice registered nurse pharmacology series, preceptor development workshops and monthly Nursing Grand Rounds, a live and independent study program offered monthly that includes topics to keep clinical nurses up to date on recent issues in pediatric nursing care.
Shared Governance is a decision-making structure at Cincinnati Children's that gives nurses the responsibility to take control of their practices by voicing their ideas and making decisions on issues that impact their work environment and patient care.
Nurses from every unit and functional area of the hospital hold positions on various unit-based, cluster (ambulatory, emergency, home care, inpatient critical care, med/surg, peri-op, psychiatry) and hospital-wide councils. These councils are responsible for making decisions that affect nursing, practice, professional education and development and nursing research. The Nursing Profession Coordinating Council coordinates the activities of all of the nursing councils.
For more information about the work and structure of Nursing Shared Governance at Cincinnati Children's, contact a member of the SG team: Dawn Nebrig (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carol Tierney (email@example.com), Shared Governance facilitators.
Nurses at Cincinnati Children's interested in pursuing continuing education at any local or regional university can receive tuition reimbursement.
We offer a formal preceptor program that identifies a primary preceptor for every new nurse. The preceptor is responsible for the assessment of learning needs, identification of goals and the implementation of an orientation plan.
Experienced nurses new to Cincinnati Children's receive an orientation that is customized based on their unique needs and previous experience. This orientation focuses on the customized care required of pediatric nurses − bridging the gap between adult-oriented and pediatric nursing education.
New nurses take part in our unique RN residency program.
The BSN Completion Program is designed for employees of Cincinnati Children's who are licensed registered nurses. The program addresses the special needs and circumstances of working adults and offers:
The BSN Completion Program can accommodate 30 students, and enrollment occurs every three years. Students must work as full-time nurses at Cincinnati Children's during the 30-month education program and make a commitment to work an additional three years as a full-time nurse after the completion of the program.
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