Clinical Advancement Awards

​Lurie Children’s nurses are recognized and rewarded for their valuable knowledge and clinical expertise. Browse through the programs and awards listed below to learn more about clinical advancement opportunities and national recognition achieved by our nurses.

Clinical Advancement Program

At Lurie Children's, we help nurses function to the best of their abilities and we reward them accordingly. Our clinical ladder promotion system recognizes and compensates registered nurses for their expertise in clinical practice It was established in 2003 and is a voluntary program. Nurses are eligible for promotions based on their ability to demonstrate a certain level of professional expertise in clinical decision-making, education of families and colleagues, nursing research and leadership skills. Nurses may progress through two levels on the clinical ladder. With each level, the nurse receives a promotional bonus in addition to their Registered Nurse job title. Our titles reflect commitment to family-centered care. The three job titles of nurses are:

  •     Registered Nurse
  •     Registered Nurse - Advanced
  •     Registered Nurse - Expert

Healthcare Advisory Board "Destination Nursing" Hospital Designation

With over 3,000 member hospitals, the Healthcare Advisory Board researches best practices in the healthcare industry and highlights them at national meetings. Lurie Children's has been chosen as one of five “Destination Nursing” hospitals and will be profiled in a series of nation-wide meetings of the Nursing Executive Center, the nursing arm of the Healthcare Advisory Board.

As a “Destination Nursing” hospital, Lurie Children's has been successful in creating a great work environment for nurses. Our nursing staff satisfaction is higher and turnover and vacancy rates are lower than national averages. Other hospitals receiving this designation include University of California Davis Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Lurie Children's is the only pediatric hospital to receive this prestigious designation.