NHA partners with SLU to deliver training skills free of cost
The Northshore Healthcare Alliance partnered with Southeastern Louisiana University Small Business center to deliver tuition-free skills upgrade training to CNAs, nurses and other allied health professionals on the Northshore. The grant was provided through the US Department of Labor Employment Training Act. Northshore Technical Community College provided program design and instruction to employees in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa in nursing, soft skills, and technology. NTCC Hammond trained over 60 employees either online or on site at their places of employment in a variety of Micosoft Office skills such as Word, Power Point, and Excel. St. Tammany Parish Hospital and Lakeview Regional Medical Center employees participated in the grant programs. Fifteen CNAs at Lacombe Nursing Center received skills upgrade training to enhance their patient skills. Slidell Memorial Hospital and NTCC instructors are currently training 18 nurse techs who will also receive a pay increase upon course completion.
The Careers that Heal program will not only improve employee skills but will also increase retention of employees. For more information contact Jan Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakeview Regional Medical Center awarded Incumbent Worker Training Grant (IWTP)
Lakeview Regional Medical Center was recently awarded an IWTP grant for $179,097.84 (funding requested) by the state. The total cost or value of the grant, which includes the employer contribution, is $218,611. IWTP grants are administered by Louisiana Works. The program is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in skill development of existing employees through individualized and customized training approaches.
The training at Lakeview Hospital included in the grant is as follows:
- Licensed Laboratory Assistants Program: Eight Phlebotomist positions will be upgraded)
- SevenContinuing Nursing Education Programs which will provide skills upgrade and instruction in the following areas: Bedside Emergencies; Cardiovascular Surgical Nursing; Critical Care Skills for Med-Surg; Introduction to 12 Lead EKG; Patient Assessment Tips; Sepsis and Shock, Recognition and Management; Care of the Patient on IntraAortic Balloon Pump (instruction provided by Delgado Community College)
- LEAN Healthcare Basics – Four Days, Green and Yellow Belt training – Target audience –Department Managers and general staff.
For more information on IWTP training for your employees please contact Lauren King, Workforce Development at Delgado Community College, email@example.com.
Careers That Heal grant program continues to offer training opportunities
Healthcare professionals across the Northshore continue to improve skills and advance their positions as they participate in the Careers that Heal grant program. Nine CNA's at Lacombe Nursing are completing a 3 part program in which they advanced their computer skills, learned workplace readiness and customer service and were part of a CNA Plus skills enhancement training program. Congratulations to our high achieving CNAs from Lacombe Nursing Home! Lacombe is preparing to begin a second round of training for their employees in April.
Thirteen healthcare professionals received tuition free instruction and MOS Word certification at Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) in December 2011. NTCC enrolled 18 healthcare professionals in an on line MOS Word class this spring. Lakeview Regional Medical Center employees are receiving on site technology instruction provided by Northshore Technical Community College instructors. They have customized a program to meet the needs of Lakeview employees to become more proficient in Word, Publisher, Power Point and Excel.
The Northshore Healthcare Alliance partners outreached to over 2100 secondary education, high school students, since September 2011. NHA visited and met with students at the Northshore Technical Community College, Florida parishes campus, Slidell High, Pearl River High, Hammond Magnet High School, Pontchatoula High, Fontainebleau High, and Covington High.
Students had the unique opportunity to meet healthcare professionals from Radiology Tech and Medical Technology. They learned what it is like to be a healthcare professional in one of these fields for a day.
Career Initiative for Economic and Workforce Development
The Southeastern Louisiana University Small Business Center and the Northshore Healthcare Alliance (NHA) have formed a regional partnership to collaborate and implement a US Department of Labor (DOL) Employment Training Act (ETA) grant for the healthcare sector. The grant is targeting healthcare workers in the Florida parishes; Livingston, St Helena, St Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes, who are being transformed by technology and innovation requiring new skill sets for workers. The short-term goal of the project is to train these healthcare workers for advancement and increased job retention.
Healthcare will remain the largest source of job growth nationally in the coming years with 3.5 million new jobs added across the sector by 2016. The Louisiana Workforce Commission reports 311,630 people currently employed in the healthcare sector. In St Tammany Parish 14, 177 and in Tangipahoa 8852 are employed in healthcare in 2011, placing these parishes among the top 10 employers in the healthcare sector in the state. Top demand occupations in healthcare include, RN’s. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and nurse assistants and home health nurses.
The Southeastern Louisiana University, NHA healthcare grant, known as Careers that Heal, has partnered with regional healthcare educators at SLU School of Nursing, and Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) to provide instruction and on site skills training to Certified Nurse Assistants, CNA’s, in technology, soft skills and patient care competencies through short term site based training. Training strategies are based on best practices to increase retention and improve wages. In addition 60 allied health and nursing professionals will be trained by NTCC instructors in technology skills to enhance performance in the workplace. Other regional partners supporting the project include WIA Area 20 One Stops and the First Planning District Workforce Investment Board .
NHA partners are also collaborating and outreaching to 2000 secondary ed students in Tangipahoa and St Tammany Parish high schools as part of the Careers that Heal grant. High school students are provided with information and career pathway materials to show them how to get started now in a healthcare career.
For more information please call Jan Robert, Executive Director, Northshore Healthcare Alliance, 985-789-1382 and refer to the website www.careersthatheal.com.
Careers That Heal Tuition-Free Training for
The Northshore Healthcare Alliance (NHA) is partnering with Southeastern Louisiana University SBDC to implement a workforce grant received through the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will train 40 CNAs in computer skills, soft skills and enhanced nursing skills to improve quality of care and nursing competencies. Sixty allied health and nursing professionals will have the opportunity to upgrade their technology skills and receive MOS certification through a free Careers that Heal information technology program delivered by Northshore Technical Community College.
For more information on this training please contact Jan Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHA Program of Work 2011-2012
The NHA has a full agenda for the 2011-2012 year. We plan to collaborate with our Northshore partners in healthcare to address the shortages in clinical lab positions (medical technologists, med lab techs, histologists,etc), physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, CV lab Techs, EEG techs and case managers. In addition there are exciting discussions taking place at our Northshore hospitals about nurse residency training programs to assist our new nursing graduates with job placement and to better acclimate our grads to the hospital as employers work towards a culture of “growing their own.”
Delgado Community College and Northshore Technical College are leading the way in training our future healthcare professionals for our region's hospitals, medical clinics and offices.
Delgado Community College in New Orleans and on the Northshore offers over 25 programs to choose from in allied health careers. This summer, DCC will graduate healthcare professionals representing Dietetic Technicians, Medical Ultrasound, EMT, Nuclear Medical Technicians, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Radiology Technicians, and Respiratory Care Technicians.
Northshore Technical College has several campuses conveniently located on the northshore in Bogalusa, Hammond and the Florida Parishes. Healthcare professionals will complete training this spring and summer as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Patient Care Techs (PCT), Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA), Medical Assistants (MA) and EMT's.
Northshore Healthcare Alliance representatives from Ochsner Hospital Northshore and Lakeview Regional Medical Center visited Lakeshore High in March to present 175 students with information on healthcare career pathways.
Health professionals representing occupations such as nursing, surgical technicians, radiology, orthopedics, and medical technology and clinical lab professions provided the students with testimonials and examples of a day in their lives as medical professionals.
The students experienced first hand what it is like to gown up and prepare for surgery, read X rays and see and touch many of the instruments used in surgical procedures and in hospital labs to assist in diagnosing disease processes.
The Northshore Healthcare Alliance, NHA, is a program of the St Tammany West Chamber of Commerce. The mission of the NHA is to develop and support training programs which result in building a skilled workforce for the healthcare industry on the Northshore.
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