It is a way for CNA's to advance in their jobs without going on to nursing school.
A new CNA with less than one year experience is a level one.
A CNA with 2 years experience is a level 2.
A CNA with 3 years experience, good performance appraisals, demonstrates teamwork, is independent,a leader, good at orienting new employees, etc.
Each level has more responsibilities, and a higher rate of pay.
In order to apply for level 3 you need to submit an application, complete a questionaire about why you want to be at level 3, have an interview with your supervisor and the staff educator. Once this is done a panel of people (Administrator, DON, Nurse Managers review all applications, review the employees file for any disciplinary action, absence, lateness, etc. and make a decision.
Once selected for level 3 the CNA will need to complete a series of trainings, tests, mentoring, etc. After this is done they go to a higher pay rate and have to perform the duties of a level 3 CNA.
There is more to it, but that is it in a nut shell. We are just starting this at our facility, and the CNA's are super excited about it !