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Continuing Education at Martin Memorial

In an era when many healthcare providers are having a hard time finding qualified clinical help – especially in fields such as critical care – some organizations are looking for innovative methods of recruiting and retaining talented individuals.

That’s why Martin Memorial is developing a residency program designed to provide education and experience in critical care to new nurse graduates or nurses who otherwise would not have this opportunity. An estimated total of 10 internal and external applicants will participate in the program, which will help Martin Memorial fill critical care needs at each of its hospitals.

"There aren’t a lot of opportunities out there like this for nurses who want to go into critical care," said Lisa Cannata, manager of learning and organizational development at Martin Memorial. "This gives them classroom education, hands-on training and the experience needed to fulfill that goal."

The program will be tailored to each individual’s training needs, determined by a self-assessment, with additional training available for those with less experience or specific training for those who may have more work experience. The program will last eight to 12 weeks, depending on how much training is necessary.

Martin Memorial did similar residency programs in the past for its emergency departments and operating rooms, which had very successful results.

Martin Memorial places a heavy emphasis on continuing education. With roughly 3,000 Associates – including approximately 900 clinical staff who frequently need continuing education credits – Martin Memorial strives to make sure its workforce maintains the highest possible skill level across the health system.

To accomplish that mission, Martin Memorial develops educational programs, provides scholarships for students going into healthcare related fields, helps Associates with tuition reimbursement when they return to school, and even holds an annual camp for middle school-aged children to give them an interest in the medical field early.

"We look at our biggest needs and focus on development there," Cannata said. "At the same time, it helps people get the training they need to fill those roles."

For more information, contact Lisa Cannata at lcannata@mmhs-fla.org.
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