December 5, 2011

Johns Hopkins Nurse Manager Academy goes global

The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing brought the tools and techniques of its Nurse Manager Academy to Japan for three days this fall.

“Currently, there is very little training for nurse managers in Japan; that is what makes this educational opportunity so timely,” said Lois Gould, manager of continuing nursing education for IJHN. “A nursing shortage exists in Japan just as in the U.S. The academy curriculum can teach managers the skills they need to help with nurse retention and engagement.” Gould was joined at the academy by representatives of FirstStar Healthcare Co., a provider of consulting services and training programs to hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities.

Ten people attended this initial academy, where Japanese nursing instructors taught the IJHN curriculum. It was supplemented with a webinar led by Deborah Baker, director of Surgical Nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Gina Szymanski, nurse manager in Oncology at JHH.

The IJHN Nurse Manager Academy focuses on four major areas of knowledge and competency: exploring leadership, mastering management, communicating with impact and building effective teams.