Professional Development

Nursing - Professional Development

Working in central Pennsylvania's only academic, Level I, regional trauma center, and tertiary care as a provider offers you many opportunities for clinical and professional advancement; we are proud to be an organization where you can truly find your nursing niche!

Achieving Specialty Certification is one of the best ways for our nurses to demonstrate advance knowledge and skills while receiving financial rewards.

Our Professional Clinical Ladder program is based on a theory of skill acquisition, offers our nurses the opportunity for professional growth, career advancement and financial rewards. Our four tier program is designed to recognize different levels of nursing expertise within the organization (graduate nurse, sound practitioner, proficient practitioner, expert practitioner). The ability to acknowledge and financially reward those nurses who demonstrate clinical excellence ultimately provides for quality patient care and excellence in clinical practice.

Our Tuition Assistance programs offer our nurses financial assistance for continued education.

"I think it is important in nursing to keep motivated and challenged. Penn State Hershey Medical Center has offered that for me over the years through continuing education, mentoring and precepting students, and sharing my experiences with others. At the same time, Hershey has allowed me the space to broaden my horizons as an individual, which I believe is a strength that allows me to give as a nurse and still manage the pressures demanded day after day."

- Lois Hicks, BSN, RN, Pediatric Subspecialties Clinic

"I stayed here because I like the high acuity and variety of patient populations within my unit. I also respect my co-workers, we work well together while having fun. We have great working relationships with the trauma team and the surgeons. I absolutely love working here."

- Suzette Buffamoyer, BSN, RN, CCRN, Surgical Intensive Care Unit