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Professional Certification Program and Lifelong Learning
Professional growth and development is intrinsic of Garnet Health, and supports financial compensation to nurses who earn Magnet/ANCC recognized certifications. Staff keep each other engaged in the spirit of inquiry and nurse leaders encourage them to earn certification, attend professional conferences, and 1199-sponsored symposiums to help them grow and develop. The nurse leaders model this through maintaining professional certifications themselves.
Professional Development and Programs
The 1199 Bargaining unit sponsors the Nurse of Distinction awards ceremony annually to honor peer-nominated Registered Nurses for outstanding achievement and commitment to patient centered care. Garnet Health nurses nominated their peers and selected 4 nurses who were recognized in the following categories: a) nurse leader, b) nurse preceptor, c) novice nurse, and d) nurse of distinction.
GHMC’s New Graduate Cohort Program, commonly referred to as the New Grad Cohort, and was established to help transition newly-hired graduate nurses into practice.
The ever-changing health care landscape presents challenges and opportunities to new nursing graduates, particularly in specialty areas such as Emergency Nursing. At Garnet Health Medical Center, we are providing an opportunity to transform a graduate nurse’s professional development through a 9-month, evidence-based nurse residency program.
Garnet Health utilizes the Perioperative 101 Nursing Training Course (Periop 101) as the basis of the Operating Room Nurse Residency Program. “Periop 101 is a blended program with online modules created by the Association of Peri-Operative Registered Nurses (AORN) and offered to registered-nursing professionals (RNs) by the Graduate School of Nursing. Each student receives a free, one-year membership to AORN so they can take advantage of other learning resources and member benefits throughout the program.”
Decreases nurses’ test anxiety – nurses can retake the test one time for free.
Removes the financial burden of paying a test fee up front – your institution is invoiced only if the nurse passes.
Eliminates cumbersome accounting processes for reimbursing individual nurses after they pass a test.
ONCC FreeTake can be used for all ONCC examinations (OCN®, AOCNP®, CBCN®, CPHON®, BMTCN®).
The FailSafe Certification Program is innovative in that it makes getting certified easier for everyone. When developing this program, we considered every aspect of the testing process, from test stress to financial concerns, and lifted the barriers. The result is everyone wins: nurses, nurse managers, organizations, and patients. A nurse gets more than one chance to pass the exam, and the facility pays when the nurse passes.
Improving Diversity within Healthcare through Patient Advocacy
Garnet Health's Mission Statement is “to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional health care.” “Health” is not limited to physical well-being, as a patient’s emotional and spiritual wellbeing is essential to maintaining overall health. Just as it recognizes diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Garnet Health recognizes the community is expanding to include a diverse population from many cultures, beliefs and identities, including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer (LGBTQ) community. To provide exceptional healthcare, the nurses need to be cognizant of the challenges, social and cultural mores faced by the LGBTQ community.
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