I have a goal and a vision to successfully implement a fully integrated Professional Development Program (PDP) for all clinicians who provide bed-side care as demonstrated in my Call to Action video. Utilizing the Nursing Clinical Ladder Program (CLP) as a successful model to emulate, one could surmise the same benefits realized in the CLP could be expanded upon for all clinical disciplines. The Clinical Ladder Program has resulted in many patient safety initiatives and policy improvements as well as Evidence Based Practice Research Projects. A full Literature Review of the Nursing Clinical Ladder Program has been conducted which has proven the benefits to patients as well as organizational benefits via employee satisfaction resulting in cost savings due to a reduction in turnover through retention of the hospitals most desirable and sought after clinicians.
Ancillary staff such as Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiology Technicians, and ED Technicians all deserve growth potential commensurate with the clinical excellence required of a participant in a PDP. Each discipline has a particular skill set which can be maximized via the PDP which has the ability to create highly successful preceptors and mentors which will also help elevate other department members, thereby raising the bar all involved in direct patient care. Successful PDP participants are high performers by their very nature and are extremely valuable assets to the organization because the requirements for participation are designed to improve patient care as outlined in my Implementation Plan.
Creating a PDP is a difficult but worthwhile endeavor to meet the ever changing and demanding healthcare model of the 21st century. Please join me in making the vision a reality by offering any feedback so this goal can be achieved.
Michael Day BS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C