Thirty-three nurses from nursing facilities across New York have completed the Foundation for Quality Care’s Nurse Educator Course, a leadership program for nurses in senior management roles who aspire to become or remain leaders in the long-term care profession.
The nurse educator course is part of the Long-Term Care Leadership Institute developed by the Foundation for Quality Care, a nonprofit research and educational foundation affiliated with the New York State Health Facilities Association. The program, funded by the New York State Departments of Health and Labor - Health Workforce Retraining Initiative, provides college-level credits through the State University of New York Institute of Technology’s School of Nursing and Health Systems in Utica. It is also approved by the New York State Department of Health as a train-the-trainer program for registered nurses who provide the nursing assistant certificate course.
“No one is more important to the delivery of quality care than nurses and nurse leaders. We need to do everything we can to support them,” said Richard J. Herrick, president of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the Foundation for Quality Care, in a news release. “Programs such as these are critical to the long-term success of skilled nursing facilities in New York state.”
The Long-Term Care Leadership Program was designed to provide nursing leaders with an ongoing educational and peer networking program that promotes personal development, core competencies and best practices in the role of long-term care nursing.
“The Institute is even more critical in these times of staffing shortages and increased quality of care and financial pressures in the long-term care profession,” said Richard Patterson, executive director of the Foundation for Quality Care, in a news release. “This program trains the next generation of nurse leaders to care for New York’s most frail populations.”
Local participants who completed the nurse educator course are Theresa Elwood, RN, of St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and Valicity Spaulding, staff development consultant, of Palatine Nursing Home.