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At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, nurses celebrate Nurses Week with many activities that focus on professional development.
The reason: as the largest health care facility in the nation’s capital, the Hospital Center offers numerous training, specialty and incentive programs to help nurses “find their Center” by training and working in the nursing practice they most enjoy. If a nurse wants to take his or her practice in a new direction, the Hospital Center offers many ways to explore new nursing career choices.
The great variety of nursing practices here is one of the reasons more than a quarter of the 1,700 nurses have worked at the Hospital Center for more than ten years. Many of our new nurses come to nursing as a second career, often through a partnership we have with the George Washington School of Nursing’s Second Degree program.
The breadth and depth of our professional training programs gives the Hospital Center its reputation as one of the nation’s most innovative teaching and acute care medical institutions, with one of the largest nurse residency programs in the country.
The Hospital Center has a national reputation as a leader in nurse training in such specialties as cardiovascular, cancer, kidney disease and transplantation, neurosciences and in the emergency treatment of stroke, trauma and adult burn injury. Some of our specialized nursing environments include:
- MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the only dedicated cardiovascular facility in Washington, D.C., and a leader in LVAD and cardiac surgical nurse training.
- Level I Trauma Center supported by three helicopters with dedicated transport nursing teams
- The Burn Center, the region’s only adult burn facility and dedicated burn ICU
- Comprehensive Stroke Center, the first and only hospital in the Washington region with this designation
- Award-winning neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
Many of our nurses continue with their education outside the Hospital Center even as they work here. Some of the programs and services we offer include:
- Tuition reimbursement program for education and conferences
- Work schedule flexibility to accommodate our educational needs
- The Center for Excellence in Nursing, one of the only dedicated professional development facilities for nurses in the country
- A clinical advancement bonus program
- A leadership academy for nurse managers to develop advanced skills
- Dedicated nurse scientist support for nursing research and publishing
- On-the-job support from an experienced Nurse Responder Team and managers who provide bedside assistance
While Nurses Week offers opportunities to thank and celebrate Hospital Center nurses, and to honor their expertise and clinical excellence, it also gives our nurses a chance to explore the many professional options that are available as they “find their Center.”
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