Stanford Nursing

Professional Nurse Development Program

The Professional Nurse Development Program (PNDP) is a sweeping innovation at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, transforming the original nursing ladder program that was implemented in the early 1970s.

Career ladders incorporate a number of existing systems to invest in and reward the nursing professional at the bedside. The overarching purpose for the PNDP is to educate, retain, and recruit the best in the profession. As part of this vision, the PNDP provides guidance and support so that nurses can successfully work at the bedside and provide evidence-based best practice at all times.

The PNDP empowers nurses to align the national nursing agenda with Stanford’s vision, goals, and strategies and to compare the relevance of the national nursing agenda to their practice.

This section of the website provides guidance for nurses exploring the PNDP.

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