The Progressive Care to ICU program is a professional development pathway that prepares experienced Registered Nurses over a set period of time to work in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The position would begin in the Progressive Care Unit, where nurses care for medically fragile children with artificial airways and requiring mechanical ventilation. After several months of independent practice in this unit, the nurse is then trained to care for patients with a higher level of acuity in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
The Clinical Nurse practices at the level of an advanced beginner to expert practitioner of professional nursing in accordance with, and guided by the CHOP Nursing Professional Practice Model. The nurse at this level demonstrates competence in caring for patients and families and progresses to caring for those with the most complex problems/highest acuity in the designated clinical area. Provides age/developmentally appropriate care. Care is delivered through RN leadership for patient care within the framework of family-centered care.
The Clinical Nurse adheres to the organizational and nursing department mission, vision, and values. S/he practices in accordance with the ANA Code of Ethics; the ANA Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice; practice standards of applicable specialty nursing organizations; and CHOP developed standards of nursing practice. The professional nurse practices within the defined scope of practice designated by the Nurse Practice Acts of Pennsylvania and/or New Jersey, depending on the assigned work site.