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Professional Development Programs

Spaulding provides a number of education, training and leadership opportunities for nurses throughout their career development. We strive to help our nurses achieve excellence in their work, and support Spaulding nurses’ personal goals for learning and career advancement.

Specialty Certification

Specialty Certification is an important way for clinicians to validate their knowledge, experience and clinical judgement in a particular area of practice. It allows nurses to pursue specific areas of interest and increase skills for the advanced care of our patients. Spaulding is pleased to partner with the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation to provide financial support for our nurses seeking specialty certification. Nurses who receive specialty certification may be reimbursed for the cost of the exam and receive a monetary award.

Learn how to apply for support for specialty certification >

Back to School

Spaulding provides several tuition support and degree partnership programs for nurses to continue their education while working on a full-time or part-time basis. Mass General Brigham offers discounted programs for employees at the MGH Institute for Health Professions, Southern New Hampshire University, Chamberlain College, Excelsior College and Laboure College.

Clinical Ladder

The Clinical Ladder Program recognizes nurses’ progression from novice to expert and increases the overall expertise and efficiency of the nursing staff. The program promotes recruitment and retention of qualified staff and results in a higher level of care and service to our patients and their families.

Learn more about the Clinical Ladder Program >

Nightingale Fellows

The Nightingale Fellowship is a two-year program that provides a unique opportunity for Spaulding nurses to create a vision for their career journey, mapping a way forward with purpose. Nurses who wish to discover diverse, challenging and satisfying career paths will benefit from joining this community of Fellows. Ideal applicants are RNs who are at early-mid stage in their careers, work 24-40 hours per week and are direct care providers.

Seacole Scholars

In collaboration with Labouré College, Spaulding has created a special program to assist employees who wish to achieve an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Staff can apply for special funding to support much of of their tuition, books and even some study time.

  • 3
    Spaulding Seacole Scholars in nursing programs
  • 13
    in general education (pre-nursing)
  • 4
    in pre-requisites
  • 10
    preparing to apply

Clinical Scholars

The Clinical Scholars Program is an academic and professional project jointly developed by the Spaulding and the MGH Institute of Health Professions. The purpose of the program is to develop and support clinician scientists and to facilitate and recognize academic contribution to the field of rehabilitation sciences through scholarly work presented at extramural venues.


For more information about Spaulding Professional Development Opportunities for nurses, please contact Lynne Brady Wagner at