Virtual Nurse Preceptor Academy Supports New Employee Training and Retention

By using resources that prevent or alleviate transitional hardship and enhance new nurses’ clinical reasoning, preceptors can help improve new graduate nurse retention and patient outcomes.

The MHA and the Michigan Health Council’s standardized, validated Nurse Preceptor Academy is a virtual training program for nurses and allied health professionals to acclimate new nurses, students and employees to the rigors of the hospital environment and validate competence. Modules focus on the preceptor’s role, new nurse learning needs and legal considerations.

The MHA and the Michigan Health Council also offer a Clinical Faculty Academy (CFA), a virtual training program preparing nurses for the role as clinical instructors. The CFA education modules consist of clinical evaluation concepts and processes, clinical evaluation tools and conducting pre-clinical and post-clinical conferences, among other concepts.

The CFA and the NPA are offered free of charge. To learn more about these offerings, contact Ana Hornburg at the Michigan Health Council. Members with questions can contact Erin Steward.

Implicit Bias Trainings Available to Meet LARA Requirement

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) revised Public Health Code Rules requiring implicit bias training for all professions licensed or registered under the Public Health Code took effect in June. Implicit Bias trainings are still available for those needing to meet the requirement.

The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion at Michigan Medicine is hosting a 1-hour, live virtual course called Building Toward Belonging: Implicit Bias Training (LARA Compliant) for $150 per participant. The following groups qualify for a $50 per person discount:

  • University of Michigan alumni and retirees.
  • Non-profit workers.
  • K-12 workers.
  • Groups of 10+ (must be registered together).

Those who fall within one of the above categories can contact the team to request a promo code. For teams of 50 or more, a request can be made at least 6-8 weeks in advance for scheduling a virtual session outside of the posted dates.

The Michigan Health Council is also offering implicit bias trainings in two formats, hybrid or live guest lecture, over the next several months. In a hybrid delivery model, learners will watch a one-hour video on demand and attend a one-hour webinar to engage in a robust discussion and group exercises. Registration for this training is available for $50 per person.

With a guest presentation, organizations can offer the training to staff onsite at their convenience. The presentation will include an introduction to implicit bias followed by targeted exercises, discussion and evaluation questions. Members may contact Kristin Sewell for pricing and availability.

Implicit Bias Trainings Available to Meet LARA Requirement

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) revised Public Health Code Rules requiring implicit bias training for all professions licensed or registered under the Public Health Code took effect in June. Implicit Bias trainings are still available for those needing to meet the requirement.

The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion – Michigan Medicine is hosting Building Toward Belonging: Implicit Bias Training (LARA Compliant), a 1-hour, live virtual course.

Building Toward Belonging: Implicit Bias Training is being offered for $150 per participant.

The following groups qualify for a $50 per person discount:

  • University of Michigan alumni and retirees
  • Non-profit workers
  • K-12 workers
  • Groups of 10+ (must be registered together)

If you fall within one of these categories, send an email to OHEI-training@med.umich.edu and request a promo code for the category you qualify for.

Community Group Session Rates: If your team has 50 or more participants, you can request a virtual session outside of our currently posted schedule. This session would be scheduled for a time that works for your team and requests must be submitted in this form at least 6-8 weeks in advance.

The Michigan Health Council is also offering implicit bias trainings in two formats, hybrid or live guest lecture, over the next several months.

In a hybrid delivery model, learners will watch a one-hour video on demand and attend a one-hour webinar to engage in a robust discussion and group exercises with the instructor and other learners. This training is available for $50 per person. Register here.

With a guest presentation, organizations can offer the training to their staff on-site at their convenience. The presentation will include an introduction to implicit bias and targeted exercises, discussion, and evaluation questions. Members may contact Kristin Sewell via email or at 517-908-8243 for pricing and availability.

Online Nurse Preceptor Academy Helps Acclimate New Nurses

Approximately 100 hospitals and ambulatory care providers in Michigan have explored the features of the MHA and the Michigan Health Council’s standardized, validated nurse preceptor toolkit – the Nurse Preceptor Academy (NPA). The academy is a virtual training program for nurses and allied health professionals to acclimate new nurses, students and employees to the rigors of the hospital environment and validate competence. Content areas include an overview of the preceptor’s role, learning needs and strategies and legal considerations.

New nurses can be overwhelmed with responsibilities, which is why nurse preceptors make a difference. Nurse preceptors help new nurses develop their professional identity, access appropriate clinical research and learn from mistakes.

The MHA and the Michigan Health Council also offer a Clinical Faculty Academy (CFA), a virtual training program preparing nurses for the role as clinical instructors. The CFA education modules consist of clinical evaluation concepts and processes, clinical evaluation tools and conducting pre-clinical and post-clinical conferences, among other concepts.

The NPA and the CFA are free of charge. To learn more about these offerings, contact Ana Hornburg at the Michigan Health Council. Members with questions can contact Erin Steward.

MHA Monday Report March 7, 2022

MHA Monday Report

MHA Covid-19 update

Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Feb. 28

The state of Michigan reported that 1,842 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed statewide March 3 and 4, with an average of 921 cases per day. Out of 68 recorded COVID-19-related deaths for the two days, 54 were identified during a Vital Records review. Adults in the hospital March 4 with  …


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Behavioral Health Funding, Essential Health Provider Program Expansion is Advanced

The Michigan Legislature acted on several pieces of legislation impacting hospitals during the week of Feb. 28. Some of the covered topics included behavioral health funding, streamlining prior authorization requests, increased penalties for …


Apply by March 31 for New Graduate Medical Education Residency Openings

Applications are due March 31 for hospitals to apply for new graduate medical education residency slots provided under Section 126 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Hospitals will be required to complete their applications and submit them through the Medicare Electronic Application …


Federal 100% Cost Share for COVID-19 Expenses Extended

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in February 2021 increased federal funding for COVID-19 pandemic expenses from 75% to 100%, retroactive to the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020. The agency has now extended the COVID-19 federal 100% cost share for an …


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In hospitals across the state, healthcare personnel work together to ensure patients receive safe, high-quality care. To recognize Michigan hospitals that are tackling issues daily to make care safer and more dependable, the MHA …


Virtual Nurse Training Programs Available

The MHA and the Michigan Health Council are partnering on two offerings designed to strengthen the nursing workforce. The Clinical Faculty Academy is a virtual training program preparing nurses for the role of clinical instructors. The interactive training materials, based on adult learning …


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MHA CEO Brian Peters reviews efforts from the MHA to address and reform Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law.


Webinar Reviews CMS CoPs on Telemedicine Standards

Significant changes were recently made to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Conditions of Participation regarding regulatory standards of telemedicine because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These standards, along with 1135 telemedicine waivers and new tag numbers assigned for …


Donations Sought to Aid Ukrainian Refugees

Ukrainians affected by the ongoing crisis in their country are in desperate need of help. The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation has established a fund to provide food, medical care and emergency supplies to refugee families. The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is a strategic organization aimed at supporting …


Laura AppelMHA Announces Senior Staff Promotions, Additions

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association is promoting Laura Appel to executive vice president of government relations and public policy from her prior role as senior vice president, health policy & innovation. In this role, which takes effect …


The Keckley Report

Paul Keckley

Telehealth at a Crossroad: Atrophy or Accelerate?

“Two explanations for the downward trend in telehealth utilization are widely offered: 1-the increased risks associated with inaccurate or incomplete information exchanged between a patient and physician virtually and/or compromised personal health information, and 2-lack of adequate reimbursement by payers. Each is valid.”

Paul Keckley, Feb. 28, 2022


MHA in the News

MiBiz interviewed Adam Carlson, senior vice president, advocacy, for a story published Feb. 27 on the $300 million funding appropriation for healthcare recruitment, retention and training recently signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Virtual Nurse Training Programs Available

The MHA and the Michigan Health Council are partnering on two offerings designed to strengthen the nursing workforce. The Clinical Faculty Academy (CFA) is a virtual training program preparing nurses for the role of clinical instructors. The interactive training materials, based on adult learning theory, have been piloted, critically reviewed and are consistent with National League of Nursing clinical competencies. Education models include student learning in the clinical setting, clinical evaluation concepts and processes, dealing with difficult students and creating 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, more about critical thinking, workplace socialization and conflict resolution, and other issues

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 can contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Online Workforce Solutions Available

The MHA and the Michigan Health Council announced two offerings as means for strengthening the nursing workforce.

The Clinical Faculty Academy (CFA) is designed to expand the pool of nurses involved in educating the next generation of nurses and to increase nursing school enrollments. The CFA is a virtual training program preparing nurses for the role of clinical instructors. The interactive training materials are based on adult learning theory, have been piloted and critically reviewed, and are consistent with National League of Nursing clinical competencies. A nurse with a baccalaureate degree is eligible to complete the CFA to become a clinical instructor.

The Nurse Preceptor Academy (NPA) is a virtual training program for nurses and allied health professionals. The program teaches participants 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.

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 contact Erin Steward at the MHA.