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Nursing Benefits

Memorial Hospital is committed to providing comprehensive and competitive benefits as part of your total compensation package.

Memorial Hospital Benefits

Additional Benefits of Memorial Nursing

Shared Governance

Shared Governance is a partnership between clinical nurses and leadership where nurses are empowered to utilize their clinical knowledge and expertise to impact decision-making. Driven by nursing, Shared Governance includes the following:

  • Advance Practice Nurse Council
  • Department/Unit Council
  • Evidence-Based Practice Council
  • Interdisciplinary Research Council
  • Medical Practice Management Council
  • Night-shift Council
  • Nursing Practice Council
  • Professional Development Council

Nursing Clinical Ladder

The Nursing Clinical Ladder (NCL) is to recognize nursing staff (RN, LPN) who become highly skilled within their current area of practice to ultimately achieve positive patient and hospital outcomes. This program is designed to keep dedicated nursing staff involved in direct patient care. The NCL is a tiered program using Benner’s Novice to Expert Nursing theory and has four levels ranging from Level I to Level IV. Each level needs to be achieved prior to moving to the next level. Level I is an entry level as a novice. Level II requires the nurse to have achieved a professional certification that meets the requirements of Certification Differentials. Level III is achieved by completing set criteria. Level IV is achieved by completion of BSN. Yearly monetary payouts are available upon achievement.

Scholarship Program

Memorial Hospital recognizes the need for work-life balance. Recipients of the scholarship will be granted time off work for the amount of hours the student is enrolled in classes without benefits being affected. The recipients will also receive minimum wage pay during these “off hours”. Eligibility is dependent on employment status of 64 hours or more per pay period.

Tuition Reimbursement

Eligibility is dependent on employment status of 48 hours or more per pay period with at least six months of employment. Minimum grade required. Reimbursement amount is pro-rated based on employment status.

Student Loan Buy-Back

Eligibility is dependent on full and part time employees working in a critical shortage position with an active student loan. Amount received is based on employment status.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are one-time grants and the dollar amounts of each are specified. Scholarship applications must be completed by applicants and returned to the Memorial Hospital Foundation office by March 1 of the application year. Applications will be available at the Memorial Hospital Foundation office at 709 West 9th Street, Jasper, Indiana 47546, or online at:

Charge Nurse University

Charge Nurse University is an opportunity to promote professional development and leadership for Charge Nurses twice a year. Additional topics are available to supplement the initial course.


Memorial encourages and supports nurses to obtain certification through validation of knowledge and skill set development in a specified area of practice. Certified nurses are recognized through monetary compensation.

Professional Development

At Memorial, nurses are encouraged to further their education through professional growth. Employees are offered student loan buy-back and tuition reimbursement, as well as professional development resources including RN to BSN support, classroom and e-learning, Clinical Ladder, and scholarship opportunities.


Memorial Hospital recognizes its nursing workforce with formal and informal acknowledgment. Our formal recognitions include service awards, annual nursing awards, DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Little Company of Mary Award, professional certifications, nursing research and Evidence-Based Practice projects. Informal recognitions include Really Impressive Moments (RIMs), patient experience survey results, and comments from patients, families, peers, and leaders.


Memorial Hospital achieved ANCC’s Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence and innovation in April 2020. The nursing structure, process, and outcomes that lead quality care for patients are enculturated throughout the organization. The nurses at Memorial benefit from using the Magnet® framework through professional development, shared decision-making, and autonomy.


The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center is a 2018 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. The Baldrige Program raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economies; provides organizational assessments, training, tools and criteria; educates leaders; shares the best practices of national role models; and recognizes those role models with the Baldrige Award.