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Refresher Programs Help Nurses Return to Work

Refresher Programs Help Nurses Return to Work

Linda Childers, Monster Contributing Writer

MSU’s program features 15 online course modules that help prepare students to identify the professional roles, responsibilities and assessment skills needed to return to nursing. The entire program is $800 plus the cost of textbooks.

The university offers a 24-hour support line for students with technical or academic questions, and Kessler helps students secure a clinical assignment in their hometowns where they work with a nurse preceptor.

“Many of our nurses begin working in the hospitals where they have done their clinical assignment,” Kessler says. “It’s a win-win situation for both the nurses and the hospitals.”

Refreshers as Recruitment Tools

Like other medical centers across the country, Maui Memorial Medical Center uses a refresher program to help recruit and retain RNs and LPNs. The weeklong program, which was open to any nurse in the area, included training in wound care, respiratory and vascular therapies, infection control, pain management, dialysis patient care and documentation.

“The medical part of nursing stays the same but the equipment, medications and therapies change every couple of years,” says Marianne Vasquez, RN, BSN, MEd, CDE, the facility’s clinical education coordinator.

As part of the program, the hospital set up various skill stations where nurses learned how to use new equipment. Vasquez says nurses gave the program, which cost $300 to attend, such high marks that the hospital is planning to offer the training again next year.

Ready for a Refresh?

Here are some tips for finding a nurse refresher program:

• Check with local nursing association chapters and your state board of nursing. As a state government agency, the board of nursing regulates the state’s Nurse Practice Act, determines the requirements necessary to maintain active status and approves nurse refresher courses.
• Contact state and community colleges.
• Call area hospitals to see if they offer or can recommend a refresher program.

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