Tanner Health System offers many exciting nursing opportunities in departments such as:
- Cancer care
- Critical care
- Ambulatory surgery
- Home health care
- Intensive care
- Maternal-child health
- Surgical services
- Cardiac care
- Skilled nursing and rehab care
View Tanner's available opportunities in Nursing.
Tanner Health System offers a competitive salary package, flexible benefits, tuition reimbursement and a 401K retirement plan with generous company match.
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Nursing career ladder for registered nurses
The Nursing Career Ladder program was established at Tanner Health System to develop and recognize the professional registered nursing staff. The ladder has been designed to provide a clinical track for advancement in terms of:
- Level of professional development
- Level of responsibility
On employment, all nurses with primary clinical responsibility will be placed on one of four levels of the clinical ladder. Specific criteria exist for placement of the ladder along with requirements for promotion to the next level. The four levels of the clinical ladder are as follows:
- Clinical Nurse I - New graduates or nurses who have not practiced nursing within a five-year period
- Clinical Nurse II - A nurse who has a minimum of 12 months experience at Tanner and/or who has been engaged in active nursing practice for at least 12 months in an acute care facility or a related practice prior to being employed with Tanner
- Clinical Nurse III - A proficient nurse who has chosen to remain at the bedside providing expanded patient care. This nurse has in-depth knowledge of nursing practice, is self-motivated and takes responsibility for the development and nurturing of self. It is expected that this nurse will take an active role in both patient and staff education and process quality improvement at the unit level.
- Clinical Nurse IV - The nurse has an in-depth knowledge of nursing practice and takes responsibility for development and nurturing of self. This position will include accountability for maintaining high standards of patient care on the entire nursing unit, demonstrating a supportive attitude toward nursing management and share responsibility with the nurse manager in patient education, staff development and process improvement.
Specific questions from nursing applicants regarding the Nursing Career Ladder should be directed to Human Resources. The career ladder policy will be covered in-depth with nursing candidates during the interview process.
The Path to a Great Career
The Nursing Orientation Pathway at Tanner provides a three-phase plan to developing skills and relationships with experienced nurses, nurse educators and nurse managers.
The first phase pairs new nurses with experienced preceptors. Your schedule will match your preceptor's giving you a consistent place to look for guidance and advice as you begin your career. These preceptors are educated to recognize different learning styles and provide constructive feedback on all aspects of clinical practice.
Phase I of the Nursing Orientation Pathway begins with a five-day week of education with the system's nurse educators and other experts from across Tanner's continuum of care. This also will give new nurses the opportunity to visit Tanner's regional hospital campuses.
During the first week, you will be oriented to topics such as:
- Admission process
- Case management
- Electronic medical record (EMR)
- Infection prevention
- Interdisciplinary care
- Medication management
- National Patient Safety Goals
- Patient education
- Privacy laws
- Responding to emergency codes
- Risk management
- System policies and procedures
You will meet with a nurse educator, nurse manager and your preceptor periodically throughout Phase 1 to discuss your progress at Tanner.
The second phase of the Nursing Orientation Pathway begins after your licensure is verified.
During Phase II, your preceptor and nurse manager will work with you to continue developing the practical skills needed to be an excellent Tanner nurse. Some of these skills include:
- Bedside medication verification
- Collaborative communication
- Communication with physicians
- Critical thinking applications
- Discharge instructions
- Pyxis medication system
- Time management
New nurses will begin providing care for no more than two patients.
With assistance from your preceptors, nurse manager and nurse educators, your confidence in your skills will grow so that you can manage care for more patients. You will gain insight on how to respond to a range of scenarios with critical thinking and effective communication.
After about six months of service you will have the opportunity to receive further education:
- Expanding your knowledge of the system's mission
- Preparing to assume greater responsibility
- Leadership skills, including managing staff assignments and delegating duties
- Accredited continuing education opportunities
- Career advancement pathways/clinical ladder
As you consider beginning your career with Tanner, keep these things in mind:
- Every nurse was a new nurse at one time. Everyone you will work with, wherever you begin your career, had to develop their skills personally and professionally. It will take a little time, but with Tanner's Nursing Orientation Pathway, you eventually may become someone else's preceptor, responsible for helping other new nurses mature into confident, experienced healthcare professionals.
- You may be a new nurse, but you're still a nurse. You have received the education to make a difference in people's lives. At Tanner, our goal is to build your confidence in the skills you've learned to ensure you're well-prepared for an enriching career.
- Some nurses have spent 30 or more years doing what you will be asked to do for the first time. While they bring the advantage of experience, you will bring the advantage of a fresh perspective. It's all in how you look at it.