Nursing Education/Staff Development

The Nursing Education Department at UF Health Shands is located on the 5th floor, room 5175 in the north tower of UF Health Shands Hospital.  The department is comprised of an Administrative Director of Nursing Education and Staff Development, nine master’s prepared Nursing Professional Development Specialists (NPDS), one Nursing Support Staff Educator, one Nursing Practice Transition Coordinator, an Administrative Assistant, an Administrative Coordinator and three secretaries.

The Nursing Education Department encompasses 3 enclosed offices, two classrooms, a computer training room and equipment storage within the main department.  Beyond the 5th floor training space, nursing education utilizes classroom and computer training rooms throughout the hospital complex and in adjacent buildings at the University of Florida.  Most classrooms are equipped with ceiling mounted projectors and computers.  Departmental resources include a scanner, fax machine, copier, laptop computers, low and high fidelity manikins and other assorted equipment necessary to conduct employee training.  Although our administrative/departmental office hours are Monday through Friday from 6 am to 4:30 pm we do offer formal and informal training on evenings, nights and occasional weekends.

The majority of the NPDS have shared offices near respective clinical areas within the North and South Towers. They have designated clinical liaison units/departments and participate in committee and training responsibilities that are divided by specialty. Two NPDS are unit based: one supports perioperative services, and another supports GI/Endoscopy, Interventional Radiology and Cardiac Cath/EP/ECHO. Two NPDS support the education needs of the night shift staf

Description of Services

Our primary customers include registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), monitor/support techs (MSTs/STs), patient care assistants (PCAs), and other care assistants including certified nursing assistants, mental health techs and critical care techs for all areas where nursing care is provided.  Both instructor-led and online training classes are provided for:

  • Nursing Departmental Orientation
  • Graduate Nurse First Licensed Year Transition to Practice Program (FLYT)
  • Arrest Management, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS),
  • Critical Care Course, Medical-Surgical Course, Pediatric Course
  • Ongoing face-to-face and online education programs to maintain staff competence
  • Professional Development Courses including an Emerging Leader Fellowship, Advanced Leadership Fellowship, selected specialty certification review courses and resource nurse role development courses.

The Nursing Education Department is an Approved Provider of Continuing Nursing Education by both the Florida State Board of Nursing and the Montana Nurses Association. The department offers a number of instructor-led and online courses for CE credit. The department education calendar is posted on the nursing intranet site and staff may self-register for classes via the learning management system hyperlink located on the UF Bridge.

Nursing student clinical experiences (LPN, AD, BSN, MSN, and DNP programs), health education internships and paramedic student training is coordinated though the department.  We host students from a variety of schools including Santa Fe College, University of Florida, Florida Gateway College, Rasmussen, and the University of Central Florida.

Community outreach activities include offering CE programs to nurses in the community on topics such as Palliative Care, Stroke, Women and Children, Pediatric Care, and Emergency Medicine/Advances in Critical Care

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