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Jefferson Nursing

Nurses at Jefferson Hospital have opportunities to take part in special programs that guide and recognize the contribution of nurses in the delivery of patient care.

Care Delivery Partnership Program

The Care Delivery Partnership Program (CDPP) is unique to Jefferson Hospital. The goal of this program is to provide a forum for nursing staff to set forth goals of continuous improvement in the patient care delivery process.

At Jefferson, nurses have a voice in issues that affect patient care and the nursing process.



Cameos of Caring

Each year nurses from the Allegheny Health Network are honored at the region’s Cameos of Caring Awards Gala. Nurses are nominated by their peers at each facility in order to recognize an individual’s worth ethic, enthusiasm, professionalism, delivery of patient care and their impact on our patients, families and co-workers.

Jefferson Cameo of Caring Award Winners are:

1999 - Nancy Winkleblech, RN
2000 - Cindy Dunlevy, RN
2001 - Cindy Nelson, RN
2002 - Nancy Cardinale, RN
2003 - Carol Mayfield, RN
2004 - Gerry Saylor, RN
2005 - Toni Thalman, RN
2006 - Jamie Trunzo, RN
2007 - Ruth Zalonis, RN
2008 - Ann Page, RN
2009 - Denise Freund, RN
2010 - Brittney D'Alessandro, RN
2011 - Michael Cook, RN
2012 - Linda Beetlestone, RN
2013 - Michele Jackson-Cramer, RN
2014 - Dina Paiani, RN

Clinical Practice Ladder

Jefferson Hospital Nursing Department is proud to have a Clinical Practice Ladder program for the professional nurse. The purpose of the Ladder is to reward and recognize our registered nurses by providing a framework for advancement of nurses that choose to remain a bedside clinician. It is designed to enhance quality patient care as well as promote recruitment and retention of exceptional nursing staff.

The framework revolves around professional development and contributions to the nursing practice at the unit level, the organizational level and to the nursing profession at large. Advancement is based on application of the nursing process, proficiency with clinical skills, educational development, leadership and community outreach. The Division of Nursing is focused on empowering nurses, enhancing their careers and promoting excellence in practice.