Nursing Professional Development

St. Vincent’s Medical Center (SVMC) is excited to have you be a part of our nursing team. 

Here, and across Hartford Healthcare (HHC), we are committed to your professional growth and development with programs that are innovative, reflective of best practice and embrace our core values.

Residency Program

SVMC offers a one-year Nurse Residency Program for all registered nurses transitioning from academia to professional nursing practice; or have less than one year of experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting.

Orientation Programs

As a new member of our SVMC nursing community, you will begin your Patient Care Services Orientation (PCSO) with information specific to your role. Our goal and objectives are to provide you with a competency based orientation that is comprehensive and equally addresses your individual needs and interests. Each of the clinical specialties at SVMC is supported by a Nurse Manager and Nursing Professional Development Specialist dedicated to develop your skills in the respective clinical settings.

Clinical Education

Our clinical education programs supplement the initial onboarding and training provided during the orientation phase.  Web-based learning, live and virtual core curriculum classes and simulation are available for both new and current SVMC colleagues. Continuing Education Credit is available for many professional development programs.

Levels of Practice (LOP) Advancement for Clinical Excellence (ACE)

Our Professional Nursing Practice at SVMC is guided by our:

  • Professional Practice Model
  • Mission, Vision, and Core Values
  • Philosophy of Nursing and the
  • American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope and Standards:  Nursing.

Our theoretical framework for professional practice is built on Patricia Benner’s model. 

The LOP-ACE is designed to reward Registered Nurse exemplars who have submitted professional portfolios demonstrating their excellence in clinical practice, professional development and volunteerism. 

Nursing Certification

St. Vincent’s Medical Center encourages all nurses who provide care to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Nursing certification validates that nurses have met stringent requirements for knowledge and experience and are qualified to provide competent specialty care.

Additional Education and Training

The motto at SVMC and across HHC is to learn, grow and develop. Our education programs and partnerships provide opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in an effort to achieve ones professional passion and potential. These programs include:

  • Nursing Grand Rounds
  • Contact Hour Programs
  • Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) – American Heart Association CPR.
  • Simulation
  • Enhanced tuition assistant
  • Higher Education Partnerships
  • Scholarship and Student Loan Advice

Nursing Research

SVMC is a member of the HHC Nursing Research, Quality Improvement and Evidence Based Practice Council.  This system wide council endorses a step-by-step process for SVMC staff members and Graduate Students seeking to conduct research, evidence based practice and quality improvement projects.

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Now Hiring Registered Nurses

As a Magnet® recognized institution, St. Vincent’s employs approximately 900 nurses who care for our patients, in the hospital, in outpatient settings, physician offices and clinics and centers.

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