J Nurs Adm. 2019 Nov;49(11):561-568. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000812.
BACKGROUND: Institutional objectives for clinical ladder program (CLP) implementation often focus on improving job satisfaction, retention rates, and patient outcomes. Local inconsistency in CLP implementation seemed to be contributing to decreased job satisfaction and nurse retention rates.
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to use current evidence and prevailing perceptions of bedside nurses and nurse managers to refine an existing CLP.
METHODS: Pretest/posttest design was used to evaluate differences in perceptions of existing CLP (baseline) and perceptions 6 months after CLP refinements were initiated (post).
RESULTS: Baseline perceptions of CLP implementation were significantly different for bedside nurses and managers. Bedside nurses were more dissatisfied than nurse managers. Perceptions became more similar across groups as initiatives were implemented to improve CLP understanding and as CLP implementation became more consistent across the organization.
CONCLUSIONS: Targeted strategies tailored to increase understanding and consistent CLP implementation can be effective in improving CLP satisfaction and increasing bedside nurse professional behaviors.