The Vanderbilt Professional Nursing Practice Program (VPNPP)
is a performance-based career advancement program for nurses. It is supported by a comprehensive performance evaluation system that utilizes self-, peer-, and manager- evaluation to recognize and reward clinical nursing expertise in direct patient care. All direct care nurses participate in VPNPP at one of four levels.
Levels of Nursing Practice
Level 1 – Novice
This group consists of nurses with less than 12 months of clinical nursing experience.
Level 2 – Competent
This group consists of nurses with more than 12 months of clinical nursing experience.
All nurses are required to attain and maintain practice at this level.
Level 3 – Proficient
This group consists of nurses who participate in continued self-education, changing unit or organizational processes
Level 4 – Expert
This group consists of nurses who lead and evaluate unit and organizational process changes using evidence as a guide for change.
VPNPP exists to promote, support, recognize, and reward you as you grow within the role of the professional nurse as defined by internal and external practice standards, the context of the organization culture, and external environmental influences.