Clinical Advancement Programs

At Orlando Health, clinical nursing advancement ladders exist to promote clinical excellence and professional development of registered nurses in direct clinical patient care and nurse leaders. Advancement is attained based on levels of education, years of experience, certification, and completion of professional activities.  As soon as the educational, nursing experience and elective criteria are met, registered nurses can be promoted on the ladder at any point during the year.

Orlando Health Professional Nursing Academy

The Professional Nursing Academy (PNA) exists to provide opportunities (live, e-courses and blended learning) for the development of clinical nurses and for nursing leaders to improve their professional nursing practice, in the areas of nursing practice, quality and safety, nursing research and nursing leadership. 

Nursing Excellence Conference

The Orlando Health Nursing Excellence Conference provides a motivational learning environment to recognize and celebrate excellence in nursing care and leadership. As a result, each year, nurses showcase their best practices, performance improvement projects and nursing research at the Nursing Excellence Conference. This full-day conference is a highly anticipated event that inspires and engages nurses at all levels. 

Of those posters presented at the poster session, five posters were selected for special recognition for 2020.

  1. First Prize: An Explorative Study on Nurses' Attitudes and Beliefs of Medication Safety and Reporting in Practice. Andrea Schuermann MSN, RN, CNML, NE-BC and Laura Arkin MSN, APRN-CNS, ONC, CCNS
  2. Second Prize: From Worst to First: A Collaborative Approach to Decreasing Urinary Catheter Utilization and CAUTI. Suzanne Ashworth, MSN, APRN, CCRN, CCNS and Jeannie Schiller, MSN, APRN
  3. Third Prize: Responsiveness PI. Wendy Cooper, MSN, RN-BC and Patricia Geddie, PhD, APRN, AOCNS, FCNS
  4. Honorable Mention: Reducing Nightshift Calls to Physicians and Delivering Quality Patient Care: A Process Improvement Project. Kristy Hemmingway, MS, BSN, RN, NE-B