Opportunities for Our Nurses to Grow
At Advocate, we’re committed to encouraging and supporting the professional development of our nurses at all levels can. Through unit-based shared governance councils or participation with hospital and system committees, The Advocate Nurse can be an active member in driving nursing practice and professional development.
How to get involved: Discussion with your clinical coach or your nurse manager are just some of the many ways to get started. Below, learn about some of the opportunities we offer:
Shared governance empowers clinical staff to make decisions, share accountability and have influence over their practice.
It represents a structure and philosophy that allows nurses to have an organizational impact through their collective voice. Through effective shared governance, nursing staff can exert a powerful influence on both their own practice and the quality of care delivery. Decentralized decision-making is a hallmark of shared governance, facilitated through the work of unit-based or advisory councils. Models of shared governance at Advocate vary across sites, but all are designed to enhance the professional role of nurses and care delivery through empowered, collaborative decision-making.
Advocate Nurse Practice Council (ANPC)
The purpose of the Advocate Nurse Practice Council (ANPC) is to serve as a decision-making body accountable for system-wide performance of nursing practice and related key result areas across the organization. Members include nursing leaders and nursing subject matter experts from Advocate sites of care and serve as a key advisory body to the executive management, senior leadership and nursing leadership teams. Overall objectives of the ANPC are to define, standardize, and evaluate nursing practice across the Advocate sites of care.
Vision: Grounded in evidence, the Advocate Nurse Practice Council will transform and advance the professional practice environment through innovation, collaboration and standardization to achieve the best Advocate Experience across the continuum.
Nursing Certification Review Courses
Advocate nurses are supported in their efforts to become certified in their clinical specialties. Advocate offers a range of nursing certification courses, from both online and self-directed to didactic classroom style, as a means of promoting professional recognition and development. Participation in these courses affords learners the opportunity to assess their knowledge deficits and to create a study plan for success. Several courses offer mock exams to provide practice in test-taking. Certification courses are offered in medical-surgical nursing, critical care, progressive care, emergency nursing, pediatric nursing and more! Most courses are offered at least once per year, and as needed.
New Graduate Nurse Residency
Advocate provides a cutting-edge, evidence-based New Graduate Nurse Residency Program to foster a positive experience for all newly licensed nurses.
The program is one year, with 8 seminar meetings that focus on leadership, quality outcomes and professionalism.
Learn more about the program and identify if you are eligible.
Continuing Nursing Education
As part of our commitment to nursing excellence, Advocate offers high-quality continuing nursing education to all of our 11,000 nurses across our system. We are an approved provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Advocate’s Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit facilitates the delivery of a complete catalog of CNE at both the site and system levels. Over 300 new offerings, as well as many repeated programs, are delivered annually to Advocate nurses. From live classes to self-learning modules and computer-based training to journal clubs, from nursing grand rounds to interdisciplinary programming, nurses can choose from many learning opportunities designed to meet their needs. Nurses new to clinical specialties attend courses designed to introduce them to essential knowledge in their area. As they move from novice to expert, multiple opportunities for education await them, many of which are offered throughout the Advocate system. Additionally, Advocate offers an impressive selection of CNE classes at various clinical sites.
Current Advocate nurses: Login to learn more about Advocate’s CNE opportunities. Now more than ever, Advocate makes free and easily accessible online Continuing Education (CE) courses available to via ATMS. Just go to Advocate Online > Top Applications >ATMS > Learning > Nursing CE.
Nursing Education Center
The David and Teryl Schawk Nursing Education Center at Advocate Health Care integrates the principles of adult learning through simulation and immersive learning and interactive training. The program is supported by a clinical, situational and behavioral assessment that will create a roadmap for an individualized orientation and transition to practice. The Center features skills labs, inpatient simulation rooms, an outpatient exam simulation room and flexible classrooms.
Nurses remain the most respected resource when it comes to educating legislators on health and patient care issues.
The Nurse Advocacy Council empower nurses to advance legislative policies and initiatives by allowing members to decide how and when to act on issues important to the council. The council’s accomplishments include an Annual Nurse Education Summit, Nurse Advocacy Days in Springfield, Legislative Forums at hospital sites, testimony at committee hearings, and advocacy on a number of legislative issues, including the Nurse Practice Act, the Nurse Acuity Bill and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The Advocate Nurse Career Advancement Program (ANCAP)
ANCAP is a promotional program designed to reward and recognize high-performing, experienced nurses for meeting certain criteria in their professional practice. It is an incentive-based, career advancement program created by Advocate Nurses for Advocate Nurses, and reflects our core nursing values −ensuring the opportunity to empower, serve and thrive.
Nurses can begin the year-long program any month during the year, when the time is right for them. The nurse chooses professional development activities, tracks his/her progress, and submits online documentation. After the program is completed and reviewed, the nurse is awarded a bonus.
Launching Excellence for Associates and Registered Nurses (L.E.A.R.N.)
The L.E.A.R.N. program is Advocate’s system wide approach to nursing orientation which provides an evidence-based, centralized clinical education that fosters new associate engagement. This innovative and experiential approach, with emphasis on clinical simulation and competency validation for new Advocate nurses, was developed to:
- Help nurses learn, retain information from orientation.
- Enable nurses to understand, apply standard protocols.
- Promote increase readiness to act in actual clinical situations.
- Ensure nurses gain confidence with the support of dedicated clinical coaches.