We C.A.R.E. About Professional Development

We C.A.R.E. About Professional Development

Climbin the Ladder: the OR team celebrates with CJ and Gerianne

Climbin' the Ladder: the OR team celebrates with C.J. and Gerianne

The Professional Development Committee set out to develop a clinical ladder that honors the expertise of nurses who make a difference at the bedside and recognize those who show leadership on a daily basis within their unit and the facility.

It is an honor for the Professional Development Committee to announce the name of AAMC’s Nursing Clinical Ladder: C.A.R.E – Clinical Advancement to Reach Excellence. Thanks, Melissa McCoy, RN, of the Flex Unit, for your creativity in naming the Ladder. 

On May 27, we had our first Board Review Appointments. The day went off without a hitch (that is, if you ignore the 10 minute fire alarm drill that began as the first applicant entered the room—what an ice breaker).

It was a monumental day. We laughed and we cried—and I am not talking about the applicants. Our nurses did such a tremendous job presenting all of their hard work that they had the board members in tears!

The Professional Development Committee would like to congratulate our first group of Ladder appointees: Cheryl Briggs, Stephanie Dolle, Gerianne Fraddosio, Jennifer Herzig, Carrie Jackson, Maria Reinitz, and C.J. Rovaldi. You all should be very proud of the work you have done.

We would like to especially thank all of our Board Review Members for being such an asset to the new Clinical Ladder.

Thank you, also, to all of the folks who are so actively engaged in enhancing the care of our patients and documenting their own professional development.

For all of you eager nurses who are ready to participate in Clinical Advancement to Reach Excellence, look for additional Board Review dates in the upcoming months. For any questions, please contact Clinical Education and Professional Development. We look forward to hearing from future applicants. 

-Jamie Cinotti (Dotson), BSN, RN


  1. Posted by Kyler Philbin, at Reply

    Hello my name is Kyler and I am currently an undergraduate at Gettysburg College. I am a health science major and am planning on perusing a profession in the medical field. I am extremely interested in doing some shadowing/volunteer work this upcoming summer. I am aware that there is a number on the volunteer part of the site, but the only contact information is by phone. I had previously called in January and was told I would receive an application in the mail, which I have yet to receive. I am currently studying abroad, so I am unable to call at this time and was hoping I could reach someone by email. If you could please respond I would greatly appreciate it.

    Best Regards,

    Kyler Philbin

    • Posted by monicam, at Reply

      Kyler, Contact Kathy McKay at kmckay@aahs.org, she is the Manager for volunteer services. Best of luck in your studies!

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