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University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Offers ‘Fast Track Back: Re-Entry to Practice for Registered Nurses’


The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursingis now offering its “Fast Track Back” program for registered nurses who would like to refresh their skills. Beginning April 18 and running through May 27, the program will take place at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

This recognized refresher course will prepare registered nurses for re-entry into hospital-based practice through 25 hours of classroom learning and human simulation experience and 80 hours of hospital-based practice. This program is for registered nurses with current Pennsylvania licenses; it is not intended for registered nurses whose licenses have expired.

The training will be provided over eight weekly classes and a week-long clinical practicum. A detailed schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, April 18: Introduction; trends in nursing practice
Wednesday, April25: Skills lab; lecture on pharmacology
Wednesday, May 2: Human simulation experience;lecture on pharmacology
Wednesday, May 9: Human simulation experience; medical/surgicalupdates
Wednesday, May 16: Medical/surgical updates; issues/trends in nursingpractice
May 20 to 27 Clinical practicum

Lectures will be presented in Oakland and aired simultaneously via teleconference at the Johnstown campus. A faculty member will be present at the Johnstown campus to facilitate the program and to assign clinical placements in the Johnstown area. Johnstown participants must meet at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER) Center in Oakland for the May 2 and May 9 sessions.


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