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Healthy Times - Fall 2005

CHP adds certificate programs

The College of Health Professions has introduced a new postgraduate certificate for nursing and is working on two more.

This fall six nursing managers from Sinai-Grace Hospital and St. John Macomb Hospital began taking the first of four courses in Outcomes Performance Management, a program that will provide a strong academic foundation in outcomes management and quality improvement.

“Most of their learning has been on the job. This gives them the opportunity to study the latest research and latest trends in an academic setting,” says Assistant Professor Julia Stocker Schneider, who is coordinating the new program.

The certificate program will help nursing managers respond to the call for increased accountability in health care. Having a good skill set for improving patient outcomes will provide nurse managers with new opportunities to improve the overall quality of patient care.

A second new certificate program, Financial and Nursing Leadership, should start winter term 2006. This program includes accounting and financial management courses to help nurse managers prepare and manage budgets.

“This is an area where nurse managers typically don’t have as much background,” Stocker Schneider says. “They need to utilize financial skills as they organize the work of their unit.”

The Financial and Nursing Leadership certificate program also will cover human resources and leadership issues in health care systems.

The courses for both certificate programs are part of the curriculum for the nursing master’s degree program in Health Systems Management.

The College of Health Professions and the College of Liberal Arts & Education are collaborating to develop a new master’s degree program in nursing education that will include a certificate in nursing education. The program is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall 2006, pending the outcome of a grant application and a survey to determine interest.

A nurse educator certificate would be appropriate for nurses who are already teaching as well as those who would be good teachers because of their academic and/or clinical background.

“Because of the nursing shortage, we need to increase nursing enrollment, but we can’t do that unless we have the faculty,” says Judith Lewis, associate dean of the McAuley School of Nursing.