“Clinical Excellence Through Knowledge” is the mission statement
for the Clinical Education Department at Kaweah Delta Health Care District.
To support the mission statement Clinical Educators and Education Coordinators
in the Clinical Education Department serve the nursing staff, and other
professional disciplines through orientation, in-service training, and
formal continuing education courses.
Education opportunities are defined and developed through utilization of
the “Three S Criteria”; Simplify, Standardize, and Sustain.
By simplifying information and processes errors can be reduced. Standardization
decreases variation and supports consistency of care provided. When processes
are sustainable, they are able to continue despite changes in personnel
Simulation Lab/Education Center
The Lynn Havard-Mirviss Education Center (LHMEC) contains the simulation
lab at Kaweah Delta Health Care District. The center houses high fidelity
simulation mannequins (infant, child, and adult), for clinical staff to
practice and have their clinical performance skills validated in an atmosphere
conducive to learning.
The Competency Fair is an annual event coordinated by the Clinical Education
Department. Over a one month period every staff member attends the fair
with the purpose of validating competency. Job skills and knowledge are
validated through simulated activities and computerized cognitive evaluation.
The testing station selection is determined by aggregate data from Performance
Improvement, Risk Management and topics identified as high risk and/or
problem prone in nature. Testing stations are assigned to each staff member
according to department need and job title for competency evaluation.
The hedgehog is the mascot for the Clinical Education Department as it
has a knack for “rolling” through difficult situations allowing
them to overcome obstacles with speed and success. So as hedgehogs we
are able to respond to staff needs and requests with the focus on excellence
in patient care.
Nursing Education Programs
Nurses are responsible for lifelong learning to maintain and increase their
competence in nursing practice. Kaweah Delta Health Care District is dedicated
to providing high quality education to support this goal.
Kaweah Delta Health Care District’s (KDHCD) values of vision, integrity,
caring, accountability, respect and excellence are at the heart of all
we do. These values live in an environment where education is delivered
daily, as learning is essential in providing quality patient care.
As part of a commitment to continual self-improvement and consider enrolling
yourself in a class to improve your communication skills, your health
and wellbeing by participating in one of the wellness offerings or meet
your licensing requirements by attending one of the many CE classes offered.
Continuing Education Programs
Generic and specialty programs are offered throughout the year. Clinical
staff has the opportunity to attend classroom programs on site.
Continuing Education Credit
Kaweah Delta Health Care District is approved as a continuing education
- The California State Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), provider number CEP1003
- The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), provider number PCE1249
- CNA/CHHA/CHT provider number NAC6050 & F-1414;
- Frequent in-service education and competency modules by unit specific clinical
- A variety of continuing education programs provides opportunity for professional
growth and development.
- Nursing research is emphasized, from using clinical studies to support
best practices, to nurse-supported clinical study.
KDHCD Employees: Register for courses by accessing HR Online, Employee
Suite, Enroll/Cancel Training from a district computer.
Non-employees: Contact Human Resources at 559-624-5900.
To ensure space availability in a class, participants are required to register
at least three (3) working days prior to the start of class. In cases
where pre-registration does not meet the minimum required number of participants
required to conduct the class, the class will be canceled and participants
notified via email and/or phone call.
Some class offerings allow registration at the door on a "space availability"
basis. It is important to arrive at least fifteen (15) minutes prior to
the start of the class to ensure that class time is not spent on the registration process.
Continuing Education Certificates
Continuing Education (CE) certificates are provided free of charge to KDHCD
staff for attendance at all approved CE courses.
Refunds will be made to class participants only when the following conditions are met:
- The class session is canceled.
- Your intent to withdraw from the class is received by:
- Employees: Cancelling via HR Online Employee Suite, Enroll/Cancel Training
within one business day prior to the scheduled first day of class and
your class materials are returned. If you have previously transferred
from one Life Support class to another you do not meet this condition.
- Non-Employees: Calling Human Resources at 559-624-5900.
Fees for continuing education are deductible for federal income tax purposes
provided certain circumstances are met. Check with the Internal Revenue
Service or your tax advisor for details.
A well-rounded team supports the clinical staff in all hospital areas.
Clinical Educators are minimally BSN prepared and provide consultation
or education at the bedside, in the classroom and community.
Each clinical area in the hospital has an assigned Clinical Educator who
facilitates staff learning relating to immediate clinical issues and learning
in anticipation of new technologies, equipment, or changes in care and
- Competency-based orientation is offered to each new nurse, with an assigned
clinical preceptor and follow-up by the clinical instructor as needed.
- Competency modules may be used to meet the nurses' need for a more
flexible learning approach.
- Innovative educational strategies are used, including an annual competency
fair held in May offered to validate skills in a structured setting. The
competency fair also offers generic and unit specific competencies.
- Scholarships: Available as well to assist the nurse in pursuing higher
education or taking classes related to nursing, to further achievement
of professional goals.
- Tuition Reimbursement: Available for courses taken outside the institution,
or for the pursuit of advanced degrees in the health care arena.
- Specialty Certification: Staff is encouraged to become certified in their
specialty through such organizations as the American Nurses Credentialing
Center (ANCC) and other organizations such as the Oncology Nurses Association’s
Oncology Certified Nurses (OCN®).
Nursing Student Clinical Placement
Kaweah Delta Medical Center provides placement of students throughout the hospital.
The Division of Nursing and our entire staff of more than 900 RNs are committed
to mentoring the future nurses of our profession. Our staff hosts hundreds
of nursing students and clinical faculty members each year as part of
the learning process.
Kaweah Delta Health Care District is a member of the San Joaquin Valley
Nursing Education Consortium (SJVNEC). For nursing student placement,
please visit the website at
www.sjvnec.com. This centralized site is intended to streamline the clinical placement process.