The Professional Nurse Advancement Program (PNAP) is an opportunity that strives to encourage and support the professional growth and development of Henry Ford Health nurses. The structure of PNAP is built within the concept of a clinical ladder approach. It is a voluntary program that recognizes and rewards the inpatient RN at the bedside for developing skills and contributing to improved patient care. The PNAP program offers the nurse to explore participating in activities such as but not limited to community outreach volunteering, shared governance council membership opportunities, quality improvement measures, and evidence-based practice/research projects.

The purpose of the Professional Nurse Advancement Program (PNAP) is to:

  • Attract, engage and retain highly qualified clinical nurses
  • Recognize the contributions and achievements of the clinical nurse
  • Encourage and develop a culture of life-long learning and professional growth
  • Foster interprofessional collaboration and teamwork

Eligibility Requirements

  • Work at HFHS for at least 12 months as an ADN, BSN, or MSN. Newly hired experience Registered Nurses with greater than one year of hospital experience may apply.
  • Registered nurses who consult with or provide direct patient care to include the following, Clinical Coordinators, (i.e. Stroke Coordinator, Joint Coordinator, Sepsis Coordinator), Clinical Unit Leaders, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educators, and Nurse Education Specialists (Macomb/Wyandotte only), Nurse Practice Specialists full-time or part-time, with a minimum 0.5 FTE (20hrs/week). Contingent and agency staff are not eligible.
  • No disciplinary action above a Documented Counseling at time of application
  • At the time of application and PNAP Award approval the application is void should the RN receive a Second Written Warning with Suspension
  • Must minimally “Meet Expectations" within annual performance evaluation
  • All required activities for each level must be completed within the application year as set by the operating unit.

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