Strengthening Nursing Workforce Using Virtual Tools

Nursing leaders are continuously thinking about the nursing workforce. Once a nursing student lands on the unit floor, nurse educators must mentor them to handle such patient care challenges as why a patient might be frustrated or barriers he or she will encounter as they are caring for patients.

The MHA and the Michigan Health Council are partnering on two offerings for strengthening the nursing workforce. The Clinical Faculty Academy (CFA) is a virtual training program preparing nurses for roles as clinical instructors. The interactive training materials prepare nurses to be faculty and teach clinical evaluation concepts and processes, how to deal with difficult situations and how to create a positive learning environment.

The Nurse Preceptor Academy (NPA) is a virtual training program for nurses and allied health professionals to be able to acclimate new nurses, students and employees to the rigors of the hospital environment and validate competence, often resulting in reduced attrition. Nurses learn, at their own pace, about issues such as critical thinking, workplace socialization and conflict resolution.

The CFA and the NPA are complimentary, all-inclusive, turnkey programs. To learn more about these offerings, contact Ana Hornburg at the Michigan Health Council. Members with questions may also contact Erin Steward at the MHA.