Nursing Advancement System ASPN Clinical Ladder Our Advanced System for Professional Nurses (ASPN) fosters the growth and development of Highland nursing staff throughout their careers. ASPN includes a system of recognition and rewards for nurses who provide outstanding patient care and clinical and leadership expertise. It fosters empowerment and motivates nurses to achieve higher levels of excellence as they progress through their career pathway. Criteria for ASPN advancement at Highland include years of proven experience on the job and achievement of the goals below. ASPN 1 1 GNs and RNs with no professional nursing experience are hired at Level 1. RNs may be promoted after successful completion of orientation and demonstration of clinical competency. ASPN 2 2 RNs in this category are in charge nurse roles; precept new nursing staff; participate on unit, department, or organization-wide committees; and develop unit-based learning. ASPN 3 3 An RN in this category can be a preceptor/education coordinator, permanent shift charge nurse, unit scheduling coordinator, and an ASPN Review Board Participant. ASPN 4 4 RNs in this level are clinical leaders and assume leadership responsibility of the unit in the absence of the nurse manager.