Comprehensive Curriculum

New Hire Orientation

  • Skills to prepare you for a successful nursing career
  • Perform 12 lead ECGs
  • Role during emergencies
  • Infection control practices
  • Core measures and 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:
    • Optilink: Online scheduling and patient acuity used on most inpatient nursing units
    • Online educational network. Opportunities exist for you to earn continuing education credits at no cost to you on variety of clinical subjects.
    • Invision: Computer system for physician orders and medication charting
    • Medication reconciliation
    • Discharge process
  • Unit-specific Orientation:
    • Skills Day Focus: New RN focuses on skill competency
    • Individualized orientation based on your learning needs
    • Work with assigned preceptor
    • Length of orientation varies based on clinical area and your educational needs 

New Graduate RN Residency Program

  • The program consists of three 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 are incorporated to demonstrate aspects of team behaviors such as good communication, problem-solving skills, trust and understanding other points of view.
  • Critical thinking case studies are used to develop your critical thinking skills.
  • 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 and 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 six 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
  • ACLS 

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
  • Facilitate transition from novice nurse to independent care-giver
  • Promote teamwork
  • Emphasize a culture of open communication
  • Equip preceptors with the tools they need to make YOU successful
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Cultivate 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:
    • Assist nursing units in conducting research applicable to clinical practice improvement.
    • 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 three-day Trauma Nurse Certification Course is offered twice annually and 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 assessment and resuscitation 
  • Spinal cord immobilization and skills lab 
  • Spinal cord injury 
  • Abdominal trauma 
  • Spinal immobilization skills lab 
  • Head injury and trauma 
  • Chest trauma 
  • Infection control issues in trauma care 
  • Extremes in temperatures (hypo and hyperthermia in trauma care) 
  • Rehabilitation in the trauma patient 
  • Musculoskeletal trauma 
  • Nutritional needs of the trauma patient 
  • Crisis and abuse in the trauma patient 
  • Legal issues in trauma care 
  • Genitourinary trauma 
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Geriatric trauma 
  • Maxillofacial trauma 
  • Organ donation 
  • Pregnancy 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 and Diversity Council
  • Quality Council
  • Education and 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.