Nursing Professional Development

Clinical Ladder
The department of Nursing in accordance with the Taiwan Nurses Association developed its clinical advancement system. For newly graduated nurses we offer a structured preceptor and mentee program to ensure successful transition. We encourages nurses to apply for clinical advancement following the clinical ladder criteria. The Department of Nursing provides opportunities, incentives and advocates promotion of professional growth through training, skills enhancement, and specialty certification. The advancement criteria are as follows:

The five levels of clinical advancement for nursing staff was established based on Benner's Novice to Expert model (Table 1).
Table 1: Advancement conditions for clinical, professional, and essential capabilities.
Rank Advancement conditions and essential capabilities
Staff with clinical work experience of <1 year
(Advanced beginner)
Newly enrolled staff with 1 year of clinical work experience, completed training sessions of clinical professional capability (level N1) and passed review tests (level N1), and can carry out basic clinical care for patients
Staff with 2 years of clinical work experience, completed training sessions of clinical professional capability (level N2) and passed review tests (level N2), and can carry out care for critically-ill patients
Staff with 3 years of clinical work experience, completed training sessions of clinical professional capability (level N3) and passed review tests (level N3), and possess teaching capabilities and capabilities to assist in department quality improvement
Staff with 4 years of clinical work experience, completed training sessions of clinical professional capability (level N4) and passed review tests (level N4), and possess teaching capabilities, administration participation, and capabilities for the execution of department quality cases

Post Graduate Nurse Program
Taiwan Adventist Hospital (TAH) Department of Nursing offers 2 years post graduate progressive nursing training with mentorship to support and ensure post graduate nurses (PN) success in becoming a professional nurse. TAH Nursing Department training offers a qualified preceptor to train the PN. In addition to the basic core training requirement, the training will also be flexible and adaptable to individual learning needs. The training also offers evidence base practices, guideline, protocol, and standard of practices that are unique and specific to patient population serviced at TAH.

Topic: Application of Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) to improve prevention of pressure injury
Abstract: With the advancement of information technology, the medical environment has gradually introduced various information devices to enhance the quality of care. The Clinical Decision Support System assists caregivers in providing individual patient care based on assessment and promptly provides appropriate empirical evidence supported care guidelines to help improve medical quality and patient safety.
TAH Information Technology Nurse (ITN) compared the nursing process before and after the application CDSS to prevent pressure injury. CDSS proved to be effective by identifying patient specific prevention nursing plan of care, as result the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure injury was decreased from 0.057% to 0.021% (p < 0.001). Furthermore, there was nursing pressure ulcer injury prevention documentation compliance rate improved from 88.9% to 99.9% (p < 0.001).
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Improving the education level of nurses

TAH Nursing Department recognized and value the importance of being a professional nurse, nurses should pursue to obtain nursing advance degree. Once the post graduate nurse successfully obtained nursing license and past probation evaluation, the nurse will be eligible for application with the Nursing Department for advance education degree. Nursing Department has signed an agreement with Chang Gung University of Science and Technology as the University of choice for affiliation, with the following specifications:

  1. Nurses need to submit an application to obtain clinical internship credit based on number of years of experience, thus can reduce the timeline to obtain the degree.
  2. Chang Gung University of Science and Technology conducts classes at the hospital for staff convenience.
  3. All staff is eligible for internship at own hospital in a different unit from current employed unit.
  4. Various nursing units must support and assist in scheduling shifts for nurses who are enrolled in the program.
The nursing department has designed a comprehensive program to advocates nurses to pursue advance degree, with subsequent recognition once degree obtained.