Educational Opportunities 

New Hire Orientation

• Skills to prepare you for a successful nursing career
• Perform 12 Lead ECGs
• Role during Emergencies •Infection Control Practices
• Core measures & Evidence-based practice
• Nursing Quality Programs
• IV insertion
• Phlebotomy skills
• Foley care
• Restraint use & application
• Nursing Grand Rounds 
• Save Our Skin Program
• Blood Glucose monitoring
• Documentation
• Bloodless medicine
• Respiratory skills
• Stroke Team
• Fall prevention initiative
• Technology 
    o Optilink - On line scheduling and patient acuity used on most inpatient nursing units
    o .Edu – On line educational network. Opportunities exist for you to earn continuing education credits at no cost to you on variety of clinical subjects.
    o Invision – Computer system for physician orders and medication charting
    o Medication Reconciliation
    o Discharge Process
• Unit Specific Orientation 
    o Skills Day Focus – new RN focuses on skill competency
    o Individualized orientation based on your learning needs
    o Work with assigned preceptor.
    o Length of orientation varies based on clinical area and your educational needs.

New Graduate RN Residency Program

• The program consists of 3 months of didactic, clinical skills, and team building/delegation activities to foster critical thinking and professional growth with mentoring continuing for one year
• Team Building activities will be incorporated to demonstrate aspects of team behaviors such as good communication, problem solving skills, trust, and understanding other point of views.
• Critical thinking case studies will be utilized to develop your critical thinking skills in order for you to be successful
• Our nurses conclude the program with the creation of evidence based practice boards highlighting a practice change initiative; nurses work in groups and are given ample time to design their board during RN Residency Program days with all materials supplied
• A graduation breakfast is held to recognize completion of the RN Residency Program with their EBP boards displayed
• The Nurse Executive Council will be actively involved by conducting 30, 60, 90, and 180 day reviews for benchmarking attitudes

EKG Rhythm Course

• All nurses working in Telemetry Monitored areas & Critical Care Units attend the EKG Course
• Learn to interpret EKG rhythm strips
• Gain knowledge to respond to arrhythmias

Critical Care Education

• Material is provided to all new RNs and experienced RNs entering Critical Care
• The classes are held quarterly monthly and taught by clinically current bedside nurses and physicians dedicated to specific specialties  
• Didactic content and skills labs are integrated to solidify the course content
• The modules prepare nurses for the Advanced Critical Care Course leading to CCRN Certification
• This course is available to all Critical Care Nurses who have at least 6 months of Critical Care experience and is based on AACN Core Curriculum

American Heart Emergency Nursing Practice

• BLS for Healthcare Provider – Heartcode through Healthstream .EDU
• Mock Code Drills conducted quarterly
• Unit specific training on Responding to Medical Emergencies
• Rapid Response Team Training
• Cardiac Arrest Team Training
• Reporting Member of the NRCPR
Advanced Clinical Education
• Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) training
• Balloon Pump Training
• NxStage CVVH Training
• Chemotherapy Certification

Maternal, Child and Neonatal

• Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
• Fetal Monitoring
• .edus Related to maternal and NICU care
• Partnership with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children for conferences and symposiums
• Online intermediate and advanced fetal monitoring training

Preceptor Course

• Learn Clinical Prioritization
• Develop strategies for conflict resolution Integrate interventions for situational awareness and crisis prevention
• Engage in Team-Building Strategies aimed at quality care and patient safety
• Facilitates transition from novice nurse to independent care-giver
• Promotes Teamwork
• Emphasizes a culture of open communication
• Equips preceptors with the tools they need to make YOU successful
• Develops leadership skills
• Cultivates Conflict Resolution skills
• Recognizes nurses striving for excellence

Nursing Journal Club and Research Council

• Promotes Evidence Based Practice
• Empowers Nurses Promotes Education
• Improves Nursing Knowledge
• Recruitment and Retention
• Monthly Meetings
• Research Council
   o Assist nursing units in conducting research applicable to clinical practice improvement
   o Guide bedside clinicians through the research process in developing protocols for evidence-based practice

Just In Time Education

• Used to rapidly educate staff on emerging clinical developments that require immediate implementation or practice change
• Educators round on all affected clinical areas to provide bedside education
• Self-learning Modules: Given to staff nurses with references and competency evaluation for self-study on new and emerging changes
• Hospital Councils- Provide unit-level education in various formats
Emergency Department and Disaster Preparedness
• Emergency preparedness courses Disaster Planning and Mass Casualty
• Training and Drills with the City of Philadelphia
• Hazardous Materials and Decontamination Training
• TNCC Training

Trauma Education

A 3 day Trauma Nurse Certification Course is offered twice annually & meets the requirement of the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation –Topics Include:

• Introduction to the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation
• EMS and Pre-hospital Care
• Mechanism of Injury
• Trauma Assessmnet and Resuscitation
• Spinal Cord Immobilization & Skills Lab
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Abdominal Trauma
• Spinal Immobilization Skills lab
• Head Injury & Trauma
• Chest Trauma
• Infection Control Issues in Trauma Care
• Extremes In Temeratures (Hypo & Hyperthermia in trauma Care)
• Rehabilitation in the Trauma Patient
• Musculoskeletal Trauma
• Nutritional Needs of the Trauma Patient
• Crisis & Abuse in the trauma patient
• Legal Issues in Trauma Care
• Genitourinary Trauma
• Pediatric Trauma 
• Geriatric Trauma
• Maxillofacial Trauma
• Organ Donation
• Preganancy and trauma
• Perioperative Concerns of the Trauma Patient

Your Voice Is Heard

Opportunity to participate in hospital wide Shared Governance Councils (Nurse Advisory Councils)
• Leadership Council
• Steering & Diversity Council 
• Quality Council
• Education & Practice Council
• Research Council
• Informatics Council
• Nightshift Council

By participating in these committees and councils you are able to voice your opinions, promote teamwork, and make a plan of action to provide staff with more opportunities in practice and growth and patients with best possible evidence based care!


Hahnemann University Hospital | 230 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102