Inside scoop from our experts: Staff education departments

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, August 6, 2010

This week’s question on professional organization participation comes from a discussion on JourneyTalk.Stephen R. Marrone, deputy nursing director at the Institute of Continuous Learning of SUNY Downstate Medical Center provides some insight..

Q: I would like any information regarding staff education departments. Do you have a director over those areas? Do you do unit based/bedside competencies? How many educators do you employee? How big is your hospital? Are you educator’s masters prepared? Are they service line based?

A: At my organization, a 400-plus bed urban academic medical center, we employ seven nurse educators and one life support training coordinator in the department of nursing education, professional practice and research, which is a department within the Institute of Continuous Learning (ICL). The ICL is part of the department of nursing services and I am the deputy nursing director for ICL, which also includes the departments of patient education, Center for Community Health Promotion, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program ®/Quality Designations, Advanced Practice, and Nursing Informatics. Nurse educators report directly to me and they are all Master's prepared. Nurse Educators provide coverage as per service line and perform both unit based and centralized competencies. There is a separate director of patient education and the Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness who also reports to me and employs three patient educators who are RNs. Clinical specialists report to me as well as the associate director for nursing informatics.

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