Professional Nursing Development

At Lake Forest Hospital, we understand the purpose of lifelong learning.  Therefore, we offer a variety of modalities for providing continuing professional development opportunities, including:

  • Clinical Professional Nursing Ladder Program
  • Tuition reimbursement for degree advancement and national certification
  • Approved provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation
  • Nursing Research
  • Shared Governance

We encourage our nurses to advance their degrees through numerous educational institutions and onsite education.

Clinical Professional Nursing Ladder Program

The Clinical Professional Nursing Ladder Program at Lake Forest Hospital has been developed in order to promote professional development and advancement.  Nurses who aspire to advance from Clinical II to Clinical III are required to complete an evidence-based project to enhance their practice environment and/or clinical care.

Each Ladder candidate is assigned a mentor, who is Masters-prepared and a member of the Nursing Professional Leadership Council.  Using the Iowa Model of Evidence Based Practice, the mentor guides and supports the candidate through the process of project development and implementation.