“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 Validation Skills Event is coordinated by the Clinical Education
Department for each service line. Every staff member attends annually
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, time
sensitive, and/or problem prone in nature. Testing stations are assigned
to each staff member according to department need and job title for competency
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 (KDHCD)
is dedicated to providing high quality education to support this goal.
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, consider enrolling
into a class to improve your communication skills, your health, or your
wellbeing. Participate 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 and complete
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
CDPH: CNA and HHA provider numbers 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 myNetLearningfrom a
Non-employees: Contact Human Resources at 559-624-2274.
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. Classes must start on time to meet CE provider requirements.
Continuing Education Certificates
Continuing Education (CE) certificates are provided free of charge to KDHCD
staff for attendance at 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 myNetLearning within
two business days 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 559-624-2274.
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 unit-specific competency
validation events provided in a structured setting. The competency event
also offers generic and unit-specific competencies.
- Scholarships: Available to assist the nurse in pursuing higher education
and taking classes related to nursing to further achieve 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 additional nursing specialty organizations.
Nursing Student Clinical Placement
KDHCD provides placement of students throughout the acute and post-acute
facilities, and clinics.
The Division of Nursing and our entire staff of more than 1,400 RNs are
committed to mentoring future nurses of our profession. Our staff hosts
hundreds of nursing students and clinical faculty members each year as
part of the learning continuum.
KDHCD 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.