Gretchen Deato, Inpatient Rehabilitation

Professional Development and Education

Your Success Is Our Mission

You have so many options for professional growth when you’re a nurse at Memorial Healthcare System. At smaller organizations, you may have fewer opportunities to transition to new roles. At Memorial, we have six hospitals with different sizes and specialties, from pediatric to geriatric. 

You will find many programs and educational opportunities to help you develop professionally. You can move forward in your career, whether you’re interested in working at the bedside, in management or both. You can branch out into different areas of nursing without ever leaving the Memorial system. 

And best of all, you’re surrounded by teammates and leaders who want you to succeed. 

Clinical Ladder

The nursing clinical ladder provides a structured program for bedside nurses to progress in their roles and to contribute their expertise and skills to patient care.


Clinical ladder participants receive credits (points) for a variety of activities:

  • Teaching on their unit
  • Pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degrees
  • Participating in projects
  • Completing tasks that are above and beyond their job description

Nurses use the data they see every day on their units to develop their projects and improve care delivery and patient support. Nurses can lead projects that are:

  • Evidence-based
  • Research-based
  • Related to quality improvement


Nurse Residency Program

Memorial’s Nurse Residency Program supports new nurses as they start their profession and learn their roles as nurses at Memorial Healthcare System.

Get more details about the Nurse Residency Program.

RN Fellowship Program

The RN Fellowship Program is for experienced RNs who want to transition to specialty care and explore a new area in-depth. 

Learn more about the RN Fellowship Program

Leadership Development

This structured program includes four tiers:

  1. New leader training
  2. Management mentor program and mid-level management coaching
  3. Professional development for leaders
  4. Mentor program, executive coaching and other training for experienced leaders

Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition reimbursement helps you grow in your career as a nurse and advance your education. Contact Human Resources for more information on tuition reimbursement.

Specialty Certification

We participate in the no-pass-no-pay program with the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. This program only requires you to pay for a specialty certification exam when you pass it.

Electronic Learning Management System

We offer free electronic courses via Aspire, our learning management system. You can complete courses required for your position and license. CE Broker receives your credit hours, and you can print certificates if needed.

“Nurses have the support they need to achieve their goals and have that professional satisfaction.”

Nikisha Pelle, Memorial Regional Hospital South