The department incorporates the evidence-based concepts of Patricia Benner's "Novice to Expert" framework into educational programs.
Ongoing education is provided based on the needs of patients in each specialty area. Results of performance improvement activities, new products and technology, new and existing standards of care, changes to regulatory requirements, and staff requests form the basis for an ongoing educational plan for each nursing unit. Programs are offered across all shifts and days of the week. Various methods are used to ensure that learning occurs: lecture/discussion, electronic, self-directed, multi-media, case studies, grand rounds to name a few. Annual education requirements are accomplished through successful completion of a web-based program titled "Learning Harbor."
Part of annual education requirements include completion of selected clinical competencies that are evaluated in actual patient care situations and require each nurse to demonstrate required knowledge and skills annually. Evaluators could be peers, supervisors, or the unit-based nurse educator depending on the competency required.
Nurses are encouraged and supported in attendance at educational programs both on site at the Medical Center and outside St. Joseph's. The Center for Education and Development maintains a course catalogue on the system Intranet. Education programs are offered free of charge to St. Joseph's nurses.
The Center for Education and Development is an approved American Heart Association CPR Training Center. Adult and Pediatric courses include Heart Saver, BLS Provider and Advanced Life Support courses for the public, and professionals.
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