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Nursing Professional Advancement

The Nursing and Patient Care Center of Excellence serves all nurses and promotes inter-professional activities. In the Center, you will find nurse leaders that seek excellence in patient care and work to provide professional advancement opportunities that advance, cultivate, and inspire exceptional practice quality.   

Professional Advancement Programs

These nursing professional advancement programs focus on key elements of professional development: scholarly activity, exemplary practice and innovation:

  • Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship - a year-long commitment designed to teach nurses to pose research questions, appraise evidence, design a research study, write a protocol, and utilize research resources at St. Luke’s to obtain Institutional Review Board approval
  • PATHS: Professional Advancement Through High-Performance and Skill - participants identify and complete a clinical practice, resource management, or patient activation project to earn a financial incentive and develop leadership skills in change management, implementing evidence-based practice, and measuring outcomes.
  • Writing Workshop - participants learn how to write a publishable paper and stay accountable to writing goals with the help of an instructor, peers and supportive writing mentors

Professional Advancement Support

St. Luke's is proud to support nurses in seeking career advancement. We offer career consultation services, support in achieving specialty certification, and guidance in completing nursing scholarly (or capstone) projects. With advanced nursing degrees available within Idaho and online, nurses have access to academic opportunities, as well as precepting and mentoring from Nursing and Patient Care Center of Excellence leaders.

Our nurses may also apply for funds to help defray the costs of certain professional advancement activities such as attending a professional conference, conducting a small research project, or purchasing a book or other item related to professional growth.