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Certification Rate

Credentialing advances the profession of nursing by both encouraging and recognizing professional achievement. As healthcare becomes increasingly complex and challenging, the value of certification as a mark of excellence is more important than ever.


Achieving certification demonstrates to patients and the public that a nurse’s knowledge, skills and abilities meet rigorous national standards – and reflects a deep commitment to patient safety and advancing the profession of nursing. 

BSN and Higher Rate

As Stanford Health Care continues a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Nurse Residency Program NRP implemented a series of processes to expand diversity and inclusion efforts:  

  • Program eligibility requirements expanded to include ADN-prepared nurses

  • Program application to follow a holistic review process

  • Strategic marketing campaign targeted at expanded diversity

  • Continuation of robust virtual webinar series that provides application and interview preparation support

In alignment with our commitment to expanded diversity, we changed our application requirements to include ADN-prepared nurses. After a thorough analysis of both the BSN and ADN curriculum, and after collaboration with our community academic partners, we discovered that our ADN-prepared nurses would benefit from career develop support and services that were not part of their curriculum.  We partnered with several of our local community colleges that have ADN programs and offered cover letter and resume writing support as well as interview preparation services. In 2022, 238 ADN-prepared nurses applied to our residency program.


Increasing National Certification of Nurses in

the Interventional Platform Perianesthesia Area

Nurses in the Interventional Platform (IP,) PACU area were eager to elevate their perianesthesia practice by validating their clinical expertise and promoting the highest standards of nursing practice through national certification. The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification (ABPANC) offers two certifications for perianesthesia nurses, the Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN®) and Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA®).

After reaching out to Nursing Professional Development Specialist (NPDS), Nurse educator, Eliza Lopes, MSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, CPN, provided extra resources for the group studying for the CPAN and CAPA national exams. 


A group of ten nurses met with Eliza for six weeks of CPAN/CAPA Certification Review classes covering all the essential elements of perianesthesia nursing education to prepare for the certification exam. The classes included lectures, group discussions, case studies, and quizzes. 


The nurses who completed the program advanced their clinical expertise and knowledge and were better equipped to manage complex cases and provide high-quality care. Nine out of ten nurses from the group received certification. The program positively impacted the nursing staff, who felt more confident and knowledgeable in their roles. 

Submitted by:  Elizabeth Lopes, MSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, CPN

Nurse Professional Development Specialist (CAPR, 500P, 300P, & Lane Surgery Pre-Post)


2022 Registered Nurse Coordinator (RNC) Clinical Ladder Promotions

The Registered Nurse Coordinator (RNC) Clinical Ladder program is a voluntary, clinical leadership and career advancement program that recognizes and rewards excellence in leadership, professional growth and development and practice expertise. The program was launched in July of 2021 and as of December 2022, concluded 3 cycles of applications.

In 2022, the program recognized and promoted 4 nurse coordinators and since the program’s inception, there have been 12 total promotions awarded (of 12 applications) for a 100% promotion rate. One requirement for application to the RNC Clinical Ladder is professional nursing certification and the program has hosted an informational session on obtainingAmbulatory Nursing certification (AMB-BC), presented one of Stanford’s AMB-BC certified nurse coordinators.

The program has also empowered previously promoted nurse coordinators to serve as RNC Clinical Ladder Champions who provide peer support for interested applicants. They provide insight and coaching on various aspects of the promotion and application process, and host live informational sessions for managers and staff interested in learning more about the clinical ladder. Not only does the RNC Clinical Ladder Program promote structural empowerment by recognizing nursing excellence and professional development, but also by facilitating engagement of nurse coordinators with their peers and investment in their success.

2022 RNC Clinical Ladder Celebrations

Submitted by: Kiana Scott, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CNML

Nursing Professional Development Specialist – Center for Education and Professional Development

2022 PNDP Clinical Ladder Program

 The Professional Nurse Development Program (PNDP) Clinical Nurse Ladder recognizes clinical nurses who have exemplified their commitment to patient care, patient advocacy, advanced clinical outcomes, and professional practice. SHC's comprehensive PNDP pathway aligns with the work of Dr. Patricia Benner's domains of professional development.  Click here to view the current PNDP guidelines.


In 2022, 292 clinical nurses advanced through the PNDP clinical nurse ladder.  Of the 292 nurses, 175 achieved Clinical Nurse III, and 117 earned Clinical Nurse IV promotion or renewal.  

Congratulations to all the clinical nurses who strive for the highest levels of nursing practice, elevating patient care, and embracing transformational leadership. 


Office of Research Patient Care Services ORPCS Celebrates the Pursuit of Higher Education

The office of Research and Health Equity, PCS celebrates several staff members who are pursuing higher education:


Johnathan Clevinger, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC

Higher Education – DNP

School - University of Nevada, Reno

Esther Kolison, MSN, BSN, RN

Higher Education - DNP/Family Practitioner

School - University of Massachusetts

Lisa Morse, MS, RN, AGCNS-BC

Higher Education - PhD in Nursing

School - University of California, School of Nursing (SF)

Hillary Duncan, MSN, BSN, RN

Higher Education - DNP

School - Chamberlain University

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