Exclusive program trains rising leaders in skilled nursing facilities
Twenty-one nurses from Central and Western New York area nursing facilities have completed the Foundation for Quality Care's Director of Nursing Leadership Program, an exclusive program for nurses in senior management roles who aspire to become or remain leaders in the long-term care profession.
The Director of Nursing Leadership Program is part of the Long Term Care Leadership Institute, which was developed by the Foundation for Quality Care, a non-profit research and educational foundation affiliated with the New York State Health Facilities Association. The innovative program, assisted by funds from the New York State Department 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.
"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. "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. "This program trains the current and, most importantly, the next generation of nurse leaders who care for New York's most frail populations."
The 21 participants who have completed the Director of Nursing Leadership Program are:
The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc. is a non-profit educational foundation affiliated with the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living, a statewide membership organization of more than 280 licensed skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. The membership is diversified and represents individual and multi-facility operations of proprietary, voluntary and government sponsorship. Members take care of more than 45,000 ill, aged and infirm New Yorkers. Members of NYSHFA/NYSCAL are dedicated to the highest standards of care and to the quality of life of all residents.