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Professional Development

Nursing Professional Development Program

The Nursing Professional Development Program provides opportunities for staff nurses of varying clinical practice to demonstrate excellence in the field of nursing with recognition through financial rewards. Originally initiated in 1991, the program has undergone revisions to more diligently guide nurses in the pursuit of quality patient care, staff retention and overall career satisfaction.

This program is aimed at the highest quality, clinically competent, nursing staff working within the organization.  Applicants submit required portfolio documentation to the Nursing Professional Development Review Board for approval of advancement.
Once advancement is granted, the staff nurse is responsible for maintaining the level of clinical practice exemplified by their designation. The Magnet Program model components provide the foundation for the Nursing Professional Development Program requirements.

Click here for the latest version of the Nursing Professional Development Program information and application.  


Advanced Certification/Review

UofL Health Louisville Area Facilities encourages and supports nurses in obtaining their national certification. To remove the barrier of cost, the organization will reimburse the cost of certification exam fees if it applies to that nurses’ specific area of practice.


A number of support materials covering various specialties are offered for review and study purposes. In-house review courses are also available in several fields of practice.


We invite you to join our rapidly growing number of certified nurses. Get started on your road to being certified today .