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On Thursday, Nov. 14, Meadows Regional Medical Center nursing staff held a special Clinical
Ladder Awards Ceremony to recognize and promote registered nurses and clinical staff for their level of
achievement. Meadows Regional Medical Center Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief
Nursing Officer, Jeffrey Harden, presented each recipient with a certificate and check based on their
level of completion within the program.

The Clinical Ladder Program was put in place by Meadows to boost professional development among
clinical bedside leaders and improve quality of patient care. Several models can be used for creating
clinical ladder programs. Meadows’ Clinical Ladder Program includes four levels of development. Serving
as a clinical preceptor for The Bridge to Professional Practice Program where participants serve as
mentors to new graduate nurses and new employees. National certification where nurses and other
professionals are accredited by a professional subspecialty as clinical experts. Clinical Excellence Council
which serves as a form of a shared governance models, these individuals represent each unit across the
organization and come together over the course of a year to develop strategic initiatives that drive
quality, staff retention, and overall organizational improvements, members are then challenged to
initiate and communicate the efforts to their peers within the department. The final level is advanced
healthcare degrees, employees who have obtained a Bachelor's degree or higher are recognized for
their effort for continued education.

“I am so honored to work with this group of professionals,” said Jeffrey Harden, Meadows Regional
Medical Center Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “We accomplished a
lot as a team this year. This is a wonderful opportunity for our clinical staff to get involved and truly
control their own work environment. I am thankful that our organization can have this type of program
to encourage continued growth and development among our clinical team.”

Clinical Ladder 2019