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Recognizing Nurses

The Career Advancement and Recognition of Excellence Program (CARE) is a component of the Penn Medicine professional practice model. It focuses on the recognition of professional nurses and their practice. Consistent with Penn Medicine's mission, the Career Advancement and Recognition of Excellence Program is designed to recognize all clinical nurses for their contributions to quality safe patient care and professional achievements.


This is a four-level system that places clinical practice knowledge, skills and behaviors at the core of nurses' professional development and recognition.

Level 1 is the entry level for new-to-practice nurses and nurses with less than 15 months of professional practice experience.

Level 2 is the fundamental practice level for the professional nurse. It represents nurses who have achieved the next level of competency and have acquired the clinical and professional knowledge, skills and attitudes to practice in their area.

Clinical staff nurses also have opportunities to advance to Level 3 and Level 4 based on their refined knowledge, skills and behaviors.

Program Locations

The Penn Medicine entities that participate in CARE include:

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