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Professional Development

Nursing Development


The ongoing professional development of nurses is a priority. Pay incentives are offered for national specialty certification along with generous continuing education benefits and tuition reimbursement. Since September 2005, SVMHS has hosted BSN and MSN programs of California State University, Dominguez Hills at our Ryan Ranch facility. Assistance with expenses for books and tuition is available.

Clinical Ladder for Staff Nurse III

Salinas Valley Memorial has a Professional Performance Committee that focuses on the scope and standards of nursing practice, constructive change and provision of optimum patient care. We developed a Staff Nurse III program based on the work of Patricia Benner, author of Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice (1984), which is designed to recognize nurses who are fully engaged in the nursing profession. Our Staff Nurse III process recognizes five tracks of engagement including, 1) nursing leadership, 2) nursing quality, 3) nurse as an educator, 4) nurse in the community, and 5) professional development. The number of Staff Nurse IIIs at Salinas Valley Memorial increased from 39 in 2007 to 51 by the end of 2008. The nurses who have received this acknowledgment are leaders among the nursing staff and an asset to the SVMHS family.

Simulation Lab

At Salinas Valley Memorial, education and preparation go hand-in-hand at our state-of-the-art experiential learning center. The simulators at the facility are anatomically correct mannequins designed to replicate symptoms and signs of various medical conditions. These "patients" are controlled remotely in a control room adjacent to the simulation room. Cameras capture and record both audio and visual from various angles, which is later used for debriefing. What is learned from these simulations is evaluated for areas of improvement that ultimately affect the bottom line -- patient safety. 

"Clinical simulation adds an entirely new dimension to learning. We can create specific patient care environments and scenarios using hi-fidelity, human simulators, rather than live patients, to learn the most effective and safest ways to respond in situations." -- Rachel Failano, MSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Educator and Clinical Simulation/Skills Lab Coordinator.