Nurses as Teachers
Crozer-Keystone is committed to training the healthcare providers of today and tomorrow. As a system, CKHS is actively involved in the recruitment and retention of high-quality health professionals and provides the clinical training group for numerous nursing and allied health programs.
The following are just a few of the many examples of Crozer-Keystone Health System nurses lending their time and expertise to provide education to the community as well as to fellow nurses. Click on the links below to learn more.
Affiliations with Nursing Schools
Students in the School of Nurse Anesthesia,
based at Crozer, practice their skills.
Crozer-Keystone Health System has affiliations with 21 local nursing schools –Misericordia University, Delaware County Community College, Delaware County Technical School (LPN program), Eastern College, Gwynedd Mercy College, Harcum College, Immaculata University, Lankenau Hospital, LaSalle University, Montgomery Hospital, Neumann College, Philadelphia University - Midwifery Institute, Roxborough Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, West Chester University, Widener University and Wilmington College. The Villanova School of Nurse Anesthesia has been located at Crozer since 2002.
Pre-Medical Careers Program
Nurses assist in the CKHS Pre-Medical Careers Program, which brings talented high school students to Taylor and Crozer to explore medical career opportunities. The program earned an Excellence in Youth Award from the Delaware County Workforce Investment Board.
Students learn to take blood pressure readings in the
Pre-Medical Careers program at Crozer.
In the Pre-Medical Careers program at Taylor, students
practice taking temperatures.
Passport to Health
A few years ago, nurses from the cancer programs at DCMH and Crozer developed the Passport to Health program. This program provides teachers in local elementary schools with booklets containing a series of educational worksheets that emphasize good health behaviors. In the 2007-2008 school year, the program reached more than 4,800 students in 24 Delaware County schools in third, fourth and fifth grades. The program is generously underwritten with support from AstraZeneca, Commerce Bank and the Crozer-Keystone Health System.
Students at a Delaware County school display their
“Passport to Health” booklets.
Smedley High School for Healthcareers
Crozer-Keystone nurses participated in the fall 2008 creation of the Smedley High School for Healthcareers in Chester, which is dedicated to preparing and motivating students to pursue further education toward a career in the medical sciences. In addition to classroom-based learning, students will have the opportunity to participate in internships and mentoring programs at Crozer-Keystone hospitals. Before opening the school, new teachers were hired, a new curriculum was developed, and the school was renovated with computers, laboratory materials and medical equipment to aid students in their learning.
Cutting a ceremonial ribbon at the opening of the Smedley
High School for Healthcareers are Mark Ornstein from the
Chester Upland School District; Angela Thompson, principal of
the Smedley High School for Healthcareers; Gregory
Thornton, Ph.D., superintendent of the Chester Upland
School District; Joan K. Richards, president and chief
executive officer of Crozer-Keystone Health System; and
Gwen Smith, RN, CCRN, MSN, MBA, president of Springfield
Hospital and vice president of Community Health Services
Richards, back center, poses with students at the school.
Nursing Resource Audit
Crozer-Keystone nurses also train their colleagues. The Nursing Resource Audit found that more than 325 nurses participate in mentoring. One unique program at DCMH called “Cornerstones” provides education for RNs returning to the bedside, RNs without critical care or emergency experience and graduate nurses with a temporary practice permit. The comprehensive orientation program includes classroom education, competency-based clinical support, peer support and mentoring. Classroom activities include lectures, case presentations, hands-on simulation, audio/visuals, CD-ROM programs, discussions, observational experiences, self-learning modules and competencies.