“Climbing Ladders? At my age?” An AAMC nurse shares her Clinical Ladder story

“Climbing Ladders? At my age?” An AAMC nurse shares her Clinical Ladder story

Doc1Two years ago, my family bought me my first laptop for Christmas, hoping to bring me out of the dark ages. It wasn’t easy, but somewhere in between then and now, I learned how to do more than just shop at Amazon. Here is my Clinical Ladder story…

I reviewed the Clinical Ladder application process. My first thought: Are you kidding me, more paperwork?! Oh well, I might as well give it a try, what with having my new computer and all.

I didn’t have a resume, didn’t have any written goals and could barely use Microsoft Word – but I did have teenagers in the house.

Turns out the Ladder helped me re-examine nursing. I was in a rut and forgot that Nursing is not just a job, but a career and a profession. I didn’t have to leave the bedside to “Climb the Ladder.” I was already teaching, doing unit committee work and attending conferences that interested me. I just needed a platform to show my work.

To tell the truth, my first Clinical Ladder application was hard. It took me a while to put together my portfolio and I had no visual aids. But I did achieve a Staff Nurse 2 status. The next year was a lot easier and I branched out into the world of PowerPoint presentations. I am now a Staff Nurse 3.  

To see my Clinical Ladder presentation, click here. It is my hope that it will be of some use to those who are preparing to apply. As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

In other news, my family is threatening to make me give up my 35mm film camera and buy me a digital one. Will it never end?    -Kim Brus BSN, RN, CPAN and Staff Nurse 3

If you are interested in learning more about applying to the Clinical Ladder, please come to an Educational Session where you can ask last-minute questions, practice presenting your portfolio, meet with clinical ladder coaches and view sample portfolios. Click here for dates, times and details 


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