Phoebe Recognizes Nurses for Clinical Excellence

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Monday, December 11th, 2017

On Wednesday, 23 nurses were recognized for completing the Nursing Clinical Advancement Program at Phoebe. NCAP is a national program designed by nurses to recognize and reward clinical expertise, contribution and excellence of the bedside registered nurse – benefitting patients, themselves as professionals, the practice of nursing and the community.
During the ceremony, Evelyn Olenick, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Phoebe, spoke to the nurses about the difference they make every day and the impact they have on everyone in clinical areas – not just colleagues, but patients as well. “This is a career altering decision to participate in NCAP. It’s a drive to move forward and implement the best practices in your daily duties,” said Olenick.
NCAP was started in 2009 with the first group of nurses completing the program the following year. Each year bedside nurses who wish to participant must apply for the program and meet certain criteria. During the year long program, nurses must meet performance expectations and complete individual studies within six standards: clinical competency, leadership, professional development, professional membership, evidence based practice, and community service. Also, with NCAP nurses have the opportunity to reach fours levels, which include Level 1 – Advanced Beginner, Level 2 – Competent, Level 3 – Proficient, and Level 4 – Expert.
Over the years nurses who participate in NCAP have reached many professional milestones due to the program. Some of the accomplishments include:

·         10 have received professional certifications

·         8 serve as Clinical Resource Nurses, 6 as Team Leaders and 8 as Charge Nurses for their units

·         37 have professional memberships at the local, state and national level

·         23 hold specialty certifications

·         Completed more than 1,100 hours of education
By implementing NCAP, Phoebe recognizes that Registered Nurses are valuable resources and assets and encourage all employees to seek out opportunities to further their role in providing outstanding patient care.