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New Nursing Management Certificate for RNs being offered at Penn State Fayette

8/19/2010 —
Beginning September 18, Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus will offer a 4-course, 12-credit Continuing Education Nursing Management Certificate. Monthly Saturday morning classroom meetings will be paired with online instruction to meet availability for already working registered nurses. The program is being offered via the campus’ new Video Learning Network, which allows students from out of the area to participate.

Melissa Miner, program coordinator and senior instructor for the Penn State Fayette Nursing department, says “The certificate is truly to assist registered nurses for a future position as a team leader or nurse manager. The most exciting part of the program is that the students are bringing nursing expertise from their geographic area. Not only are students coming from southwestern Pennsylvania, but other locations, too. Geographically, nursing can be different everywhere.”

Janet Ritenour, instructor of nursing at Penn State Fayette, will teach all of the courses. “The Nursing Management Certificate Program is being presented, or broadcasted from, Penn State Fayette to four other campuses,” says Ritenour. “When a position becomes available as a nurse manager, these students will have the knowledge related to running a clinical unit. The information in these courses helps the student understand things like budget, organizational styles and staffing, as well as other responsibilities of a nurse manager.”

The four other Penn State campuses participating will include Leigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington and University Park.

Joe Segilia, director of Outreach and Continuing Education at Penn State Fayette, says, “The new certificate will help nurses grow in their profession and continue their education. This is the first course Penn State Fayette will be offering through its newly installed Video Learning Network. This is an exciting opportunity for the campus to deliver a number of these programs throughout the school year.”

Each Nursing Management Certificate course will satisfy 15 contact hours toward Act 58 requirements and up to two courses can be used as electives in Penn State’s RN to BS degree program. For more information about the Nursing Management Certificate, contact Joe Segilia at 724-430-4212 or by e-mail at jus4@psu.edu.
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