Ongoing Education and Development

Annual competencies

Done monthly in huddle staff meetings, in-services, and at the bedside.  

BLS, ACLS, TNCC, Critical Care I & II, EKG and PALS

At St. Elizabeth's or one of our sister facilities for nurses to gain additional knowledge and obtain certifications at no cost to the colleague.
  • BLS-Basic Life Support recommended for all patient care colleagues.
  • ACLS-Advanced Cardiac Life Support is offered for colleagues in areas where this level of care may be required.
  • Critical Care Core I - Advanced education for nurses caring for patients with acute coronary syndrome, ST segment elevated myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and sepsis.
  • Critical Care Core II-Advanced education for nurses caring for patients with stroke, open heart surgery and intubated patients.
  • EKG-A great preparation for colleagues taking ACLS.
  • PALS-Pediatric Advanced Life Support for our nurses taking care of our pediatric population.

Infection Prevention Champions

Each department will have infection prevention champions.
  • Purpose: To provide our patients with committed, additional scrutiny decreasing their likelihood of developing a hospital acquired infection.
  • Goal: The inpatient units will have a nurse infection prevention champion on all shifts. The infection prevention champion will: attend the monthly infection prevention committee meeting and share any educational updates. He or she will perform monthly hand hygiene audits and submit results to the infection prevention manager. The infection prevention champion will present unit data on hospital acquired infections, hand hygiene compliance and isolation compliance at monthly staff meetings.
  • Training includes classes with our infection prevention nurse.

Wound Care Champions

Each department will have wound care champions.


  • Purpose: To provide our patients with the appropriate education, support and healing opportunities and to provide staff with additional resources for optimal wound care.
  • Goal: The inpatient units will have a nurse wound champion available on all shifts. The wound champion will: be the unit resource for wound care concerns, assist with troubleshooting ostomy issues and assist with wound vacuum application. He or she will complete monthly wound prevalence data and audits, and share this information, along with education updates at monthly staff meetings. Wound champions will insure unit competencies in following skin integrity policies and protocols by implementing proper bed usage to decrease the incidence of pressure ulcers.
  • Wound care training
    1. Skin and Wound Care
    2. Ostomy Care
    3. Wound Vac Class
    4. Advanced/Chronic Wound Care in the Wound Clinic
    5. Wound Care with WOCN and WCC in Effingham
  • After training, the wound champions will receive recourse numbers to reach out to vendors with any questions or issues.

Pain Champions

Each department will have pain champions.
  • Purpose: To ensure our patients have appropriate education, support and interventions to manage their pain.
  • Goal: The impatient units will have nurse pain champions available on all shifts. They will assist providing nurses will a resource to implement an effective pain management plan for each patient.

Prevention Champions

Each department will have fall prevention champions.
  • Purpose: To ensure our patients are safe from falls during their hospital stay by providing education and support to staff to ensure appropriate precautions are in place.
  • Goal: The inpatient units will have a nurse fall prevention champion available on all shifts. These champions will act as a resource to staff to implement effective strategies to keep our patients safe from falls.

Education Champions

Each department will have education champions.
  • Purpose: To provide staff with educational opportunities that elevates their practice and allows them to provide the highest quality of care for our patients.
  • Goal: The inpatient units will have a nurse education champion on all shifts to provide information that allows staff to function at their highest level. These champions speak to new policies and procedures and help new colleagues acclimate to the unit.

Tuition Reimbursement/Partnership with schools/Specialty Certification Scholarship

St. Elizabeth's is proud to offer a variety of programs assisting nursing colleagues to further their professional development
  • Tuition reimbursement – Colleagues employed for 6 months who complete coursework at an accredited program are eligible to receive up to $3000 tuition reimbursement annually
  • Partnership with schools -  St. Elizabeth's is committed to helping nurses through lifelong learning. SEB is proud to support affiliation agreements with local nursing programs including McKendree and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as well as Southwestern Illinois College of Belleville. Eligible colleagues are eligible for discounts up to 20% off tuition rates.
  • Certification Scholarship – St. Elizabeth's strongly encourages our nurses to obtain certification in a variety of specialties such as CNOR or CMSRN. We recognize our certified nurses on an annual basis. The education department provides resources of information about certification opportunities.

"Soaring Leaders," Charge Nurse Development Program

Realizing the importance of charge nurses to their departments, colleagues, and patients, a special development program is providing specifically for them. This program includes basic skills but also broadens their knowledge base and ensures them success throughout their day to day activities. Our charge nurses wear yellow tops and jackets so they are easily identified.
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