Professional Development

Ongoing education is a key element of Memorial's nursing practice, allowing our nursing team members to grow professionally and provide the best quality of care to our patients. We support our nurses throughout all phases of their professional development - from novice to expert.

We meet the professional development needs of nurses with these initiatives:

  • Dedicated preceptor and mentor
  • Individualized orientation
  • ANCC-provided continuing education contact hours
  • Academic advising service
  • On-campus BSN degree completion program
  • Tuition reimbursement and educational grant programs
  • The Bedside Scientist Institute for nurses pursuing a research interest
  • Professional Nursing Advancement Ladder

We "grow our own" at Memorial by supporting our LPNs, nursing assistants, nursing technicians and unit clerks who are in school to achieve an RN degree. Our Director of Nursing Research and Academic Partnerships continually develops clinical rotations and distance learning opportunities in which our nursing staff participate, and counsels staff on choice of nursing education programs. Our Nursing Practice Development Facilitator makes one-to-one contact with our employees who are nursing students to seek opportunities to offer support, and our Director of Nursing Practice Development provides academic coaching for any nursing staff in any form of nursing education.

As nurses seek higher degrees, they can apply for our tuition assistance and/or educational grant programs through our Human Resources Department We also reimburse for specialty certification and recertification through our Nursing Excellence Fund in the Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

Our annual Wound Care Symposium, Regional Orthopedic Symposium, "What's New in the Bug World" infection prevention update, Elder Care Conference and Evidence-Based Practice Conference are well known regionally and across the state. Memorial employees attend our conferences free of charge. Nursing staff are also supported financially in participation in conferences across the state and the country. We encourage our nurses to present posters and papers to share our evidence-based practices with our national colleagues and to promote valuable networking.

Our Nursing Research Center is very active, with many Memorial nurses publishing their original nursing research work in refereed journals. We provide group and individual coaching to aspiring nurse authors and provide paid time for nurse authors to prepare their work.

Our nurses are strongly encouraged to advance at the bedside through our Clinical Ladder program. Our Director of Nursing Practice Development and our Nursing Practice Development Facilitator coach nurses in their advancement application processes. For more information, download our Clinical Ladder documentation: