Providence Nursing Institute

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Providence Nursing Institute

Inspiring innovation and empowerment

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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Providence Health and Services in Los Angeles has announced that it is creating a nursing institute to promote quality patient care. The effort will use education, technology and research to train graduate resident nurses and experienced RNs at the system’s five full-service facilities in Southern California, and will include its hospice, long-term care and outpatient clinics.   

Enhancing the Profession

The program director will be Kathleen Harren, RN, MHA, who is working with a core group of nurses to get the program under way this spring. Regional Chief Nursing Officer Katherine Bullard, RN, who originally envisioned the institute, says, in the announcement, “We want to inspire excellence through innovation and to empower our nurses and other professionals to expand their abilities and their horizons.”

Scholarships and Research

Organizers are hoping to raise money for scholarships and grants for programs that would include training in simulated settings and teaching of technology applications. Other aspects of the institute include providing further opportunities for nursing research and streamlining education for nurses. The goals include adapting successful, scientifically supported nursing practices across multiple facilities so that patient care is improved throughout the Providence system. 

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