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Lessons Learned from Urban Transportation Systems

Successful Administration Fosters Quality

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Program Directors and CEOs of metropolitan transportation systems share many attributes.  They are professionals, practitioners, and executives who rely on effective, efficient administration to make their respective programs work.  People depend on them to create safe and effective milieus that deliver promised results.  Late trains lose customers.  Ineffective training programs loose top candidates.  Worse case scenarios – poorly managed metro systems have tragedies that cost lives and livelihoods; poorly run training programs can put the safety, privacy or health of their trainees and patients at risk.  Good administration makes a real difference. 

Celebrating Graduating Classes and New Trainees

Saying Good Bye, Saying Hello

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Together, let’s celebrate the next generation of leaders in healthcare – nurse practitioners who are skilled interprofessional healthcare providers, multi-faceted and multi-talented individuals. They are practitioners who provide high quality healthcare that integrates competence, confidence and compassion.

Standard 4 -- Eligibility for Accreditation – It's About Quality and Competence

Passenger ferries and training programs assure safety in practice and quality in service

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I’ve been thinking about how to present the topic of eligibility for accreditation.  The answer came when my husband and I made a recent day-trip that included two round-trip ferry rides.  For ferries and for accreditation, the determinants of success are quality and competence, not size or longevity.   

An Invitation to Digital Introverts

What does the consortium mean to you?

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We all gather, process, and analyze information differently.  We all learn in different ways.  Some of this is a result of how we were brought up. Are we digital natives, having grown up in a world that has always had cellphones?  Are we digital immigrants who placed calls on rotary phones and haven’t yet quite figured out how to Snapchat, and wonder why we would even want to anyway?  Are we extroverts jumping into conversations or introverts hanging back waiting to be asked our opinions?  As educators and people accrediting educational programs, how well do handle these different styles of learning?

Program Design, Vacation Planning and Concept Mapping

Visualizing Concepts

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My family spent months and many cross-country phone calls figuring out our summer vacation in Maine… Lots of discussion about how to spend our time, what we could give up and what we couldn’t give up.  Over the months, we worked out the broad strokes and then the details fell into place.  Just this past weekend we were still tweaking the final plans. 

Today, it occurred to me that next year we should use concept mapping to facilitate the planning process.  Concept mapping is an approach used in education, design, engineering, business development and technical writing to visualize knowledge and concepts.  It is a graphical method for defining components and capturing relationships. Concept mapping is a visual teaching/learning technique where nodes representing information are drawn and then connected. It is a really effective mechanism for planning and problem solving. Read more to see how you could use it in designing or refining your training program.