In its second year, King's Daughters Nursing Clinical Ladder is underway.
Our nurses are already making strides in advancing not only their own
professional development but also helping King's Daughters make advancements.
In a new collaboration, 11 of our nurses are partnering with students
from Kentucky Christian University in Grayson. The students are pre-licensure
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students in a research course, and
were presented with a wide array of research opportunities from which
to choose. Based on their own interests, they selected one of these 11 topics.
King's Daughters lactation counselor Ashley Brown is conducting a study
on the efficacy of Kangaroo Care with caesarean mothers in the delivery
room. Kangaroo Care is a method of holding a baby that involves skin-to-skin
contact. The baby, wearing nothing but a diaper and a piece of cloth covering
his or her back, is placed directly on the mother's bare chest following birth.
It is well established that this is an effective way of reducing newborn
hypothermia, newborn hypoglycemia and increasing the likelihood of early
latching for breastfeeding in mothers who deliver without caesarean section.
By working together, nurses at King’s Daughters and student nurses
from Kentucky Christian University make the care we provide based on the
most up-to-date research, and the best it possibly can be.
About King's Daughters Clinical Ladder
Nurses are encouraged to develop professionally and participate in process
improvement through King’s Daughters Clinical Ladder program. Each
year, hundreds of nurses in the organization will decide to go the extra
mile, taking time beyond their day-to-day patient care duties to take
a broader view of their areas, hospital and processes.
The purpose of the Clinical Ladder program at King’s Daughters includes:
- Recognize nursing as an intellectual process
- Identify and develop leaders in the clinical staff
- Recognize experience and expertise at the bedside
- Promote excellence in patient care
- Encourage involvement in hospital improvement processes
- Provide career mobility and compensation to nurses who distinguish themselves
through expert practice and professional development
- Increase sense of ownership in unit and hospital
- Increase personal job satisfaction
As part of their participation in the Clinical Ladder, nurses perform safety
and quality audits; review evidence-based research; participate in shared
governance councils and committees; speak to middle school, high school,
and college students about health and careers in nursing; advocate for
evidence-based practice change; achieve national certification; identify
education needs, develop education materials, and provide in-services
For their efforts and demonstration of clinical excellence, nurses are
awarded the status of CLIN-I, CLIN-II or CLIN-III, representing the competent
nurse, the proficient nurse, and the expert nurse. Each status receives
a financial incentive, and is renewed each year through continued participation.
Through the Clinical Ladder, nurses not only identify areas for improvement,
but seek out solutions to the most difficult problems in healthcare. They
strive to better themselves, and in doing so, better the professional
environment for nursing, and the quality of care provided at King’s