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ASPIRE Program for Nurse Advancement

Baylor nurses can advance their careers in our ASPIRE program – Achieving Synergy in Practice through Impact, Relationships and Evidence. This professional nursing program recognizes registered nurses’ contributions to patients’ outcomes. ASPIRE empowers our nurses to continue to develop expertise in caring for specific patient populations in a track of their choice. The program recognizes the influence nursing actions have on clinical and patient outcomes.

Nurses earn a cash bonus ($2,000 to $5,000, depending on the level achieved) after successfully completing the program.

This voluntary program is for staff RNs at the bedside.

ASPIRE’s purpose is to:

  • Empower nurses to recognize and communicate the difference they make for patient outcomes.
  • Differentiate professional nursing practice in terms of accountability, autonomy and authority related to outcomes.
  • Promote collegiality, mentoring and leadership in nursing.
  • Foster development of new knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  • Embrace innovation and evidence-based decision making.

The program’s three levels are:

  • Nurse Colleague ($2,000 bonus).
  • Nurse Mentor ($3,600 bonus).
  • Nurse Leader ($5,000 bonus).

Some of our current ASPIRE projects are:

  • Continuity of care for the end stage renal disease (ESRD) surgical patient
  • Groin management for the cath lab patient and reduction of complications related to access
  • Standardization teaching tool for post mastectomy patients
  • Improving patient safety through standardization of the pediatric crash cart
  • Standardizing perioperative hand-off communication
  • Patient education on the coronary care unit
  • Making a difference with obstetric pre-op teaching
  • Measuring the impact of RRTs on failure to rescue
  • Educating nursing staff on implementing stress management techniques to utilize for patients with chronic pain management
  • Pain management in bone marrow transplant population
  • Anxiety needs of patients in pre-op holding