the association of california nurse leaders (acnl) and the california institute for nursing & health care (cinhc) announced an agreement with the california department of corrections to present "foundations for leadership excellence" for nurse leaders working in the state's prison system. the three-day educational intensive, november 27 - 29 at the sacramento headquarters of the department, will focus on specific issues facing nurse leaders at the state's 32 facilities as well as general leadership excellence, human resource development and performance improvement.
"overcrowded prisons and the nursing shortage converge to create unique challenges for nurse leaders managing inside the penal system," explains patricia mcfarland, ms, rn, ceo of acnl. according to the state controller's august 2006 department of corrections and rehabilitation healthcare delivery system review, prison nurses in leadership positions may lack necessary training. in the case of utilization management nurses, the report references nurses telling state auditors that "they never received any training concerning review guidelines, protocols and procedures, and that their heavy workloads limit the scope of their reviews." mcfarland says "'foundations for leadership excellence' aims to address those issues and provide attendees with practical approaches and needed tools for improved management."
cinhc president and executive director deloras jones, rn, ms, points to the experienced faculty presenting a full array of resource and performance-improving programs. "for three days, correctional nurse leaders will hear from our state's most influential nurse leaders currently immersed in practices throughout california." from balancing clinical and business agendas to employee discipline and performance to coaching and delegation techniques, jones says attendees will emerge with skills they are able to employ as soon as they return to the workplace.
in advance of the intensive, department of correction nurse leaders have been able to select much of the content for this special "foundations for leadership excellence," further ensuring productive results for the troubled prison system's medical care operations. in addition to a syllabus, handouts and resource materials, the up to 44 participants will leave with a continuing connection to a network of working nurse leaders.
for the past three decades, the association of california nurse leaders (acnl) has been a powerful voice for nursing leadership and health care in california. acnl has created a solid foundation to affect positive changes for nursing, health care and nurse leaders by advancing professional nurse practices, influencing health policy and improving the health of california communities.
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