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Clinical Advancement Program

The Upstate Nursing Department Clinical Advancement Program (CAP) was created as a way to recognize and reward nurses for enhanced clinical and professional practice that aids in achieving optimal patient outcomes and meeting department and unit goals.


A feature of the CAP includes recognition for demonstrating increased levels of contribution to patient outcomes and nursing department and unit goals. It is a dynamic system program responsive to the changes in the health care delivery system and the nursing profession. The CAP is based on the AACN Synergy Model and our Upstate Patient and Family Centered Care Delivery Model. It was developed by the professional development system council and approved by nursing executive cabinet, nursing manager cabinet, and trainer group.

CAP is a voluntary program dedicated to the advancement of the profession of nursing at Upstate through improved outcomes. Applications to the program, and movement through the program, will be managed by the professional development system council of our nursing shared governance. For more information about CAP, click on 'Program Overview' under resource documents.


Application to the CAP is voluntary. It is open to all Teaching and Research Center Nurse 2's and Specialty Nurses in direct patient care roles within the nursing department. The applicant must have a current satisfactory evaluation or 6 month review and work record.


The Nursing Department is pleased to recognize its Clinical Advancement Program recipients.  
CAP designated RNs took part in an interview process to demonstrate how they have contributed to achieving optimal patient outcomes and meeting department and unit goals. They are recognized and rewarded for their enhanced clinical and professional practice. They are invited to attend a recognition luncheon and have an annual allowance to be used towards professional development activities including attending conferences, attending classes, buying books and more.