Thursday, August 12, 2010

Professional Development at LifeBridge Health

At LifeBridge Health, we are proud to offer chances for our employees to continue their professional development.

That's especially true for nurses, who are offered up to $5,000 in tuition assistence if they are full time and have been an employee for at least a year. LifeBridge Health has relationships with the University of Maryland, Drexel University, Stevenson University and Walden University, all of which have nursing programs.

"We are promoting registered nurses to get their bachelor of science in nursing, and for those BSNs to get their masters' degree," says education development consultant Susan L. Bindon, RN, MS. "We encourage our employees to look at all the options."

Bindon says there are different motivating factors for those returning to a classroom. For some, it can open doors or provide validation after many years as a clinical nurse.

"Some people want to be a role model for their kids, others may be interested in a new job or a career path," she says. "Those pursuing their masters may do so to become a nurse practitioner, a nurse educator, to go into nursing administration or academia. Informatics is also a popular field."

Today Sinai and Northwest nurses can visit with representatives from the University of Maryland School of Nursing Graduate Program. Sinai nurses are encouraged to stop by the CCU Conference Room, second floor, between 8 and 10 a.m., and Northwest nurses are encouraged to stop by the Level 3 Conference Room, third floor, between 2 and 4 p.m.

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