Catholic Health Nurses

In keeping with our 2020 Vision, to be inspired by faith and committed to excellence, Catholic Health offers a variety of educational opportunities. We provide courses developed to help associates achieve or retain clinical competency and/or specialty certification, earn continuing education credits, and expand their knowledge of clinical best practices.

Catholic Health nurses are able to work with actual case studies and learn through discussion, lecture, group work and simulations - both computer based and hands-on. Our programs are designed to meet specific goals and objectives, while integrating the latest clinical and nursing research. 

Catholic Health is an approved provider of nursing contact hours by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Associate, which is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Join our team and discover the educational opportunities available.


All newly hired associates attend the Catholic Health General Orientation program. This program provides a historical overview of the Catholic Health organization, as well as Introduction to the Mission, Values and Expectations for our associates. Patient Satisfaction and Customer Service is stressed throughout the presentations. Federal and state regulatory information such as patient safety, infection control and health and safety are discussed.

Depending on the position, additional orientation will be offered in the classroom and/or clinical department. Classes offered include:

  • RN and LPN Orientation (Acute, Community Based Care and Homecare)
  • Nursing Assistant Orientation
  • Home Health Aide Orientation
  • Certified Nursing Assistant Orientation
  • Computer Orientation
  • New Hire Wound Orientation
  • Preceptor Orientation
  • Nurse Leader Orientation
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses: Essentials of Critical Care Orientation
  • Emergency Nurses Association: Emergency Nursing Orientation
  • Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses: Essential Perioperative Nursing Program

Core Education Classes

Clinical Education offers core educational classes for clinical associates. These classes provide the associate with information and knowledge needed to safely care for patients and residents. Classes offered include:

  • The Clinically Compromised Patient
  • Basic Ventilator Management
  • Cardiac Rhythm/Care of Cardiac Patient
  • Care of the Neurologic Patient
  • Care of the Post-operative Patient
  • Care of the Respiratory Patient
  • Community Based Care: Introduction to Sub-acute Nursing
  • Introduction to the 12 Lead ECG
  • Introduction to the Role of Charge Nurse
  • Basic Neuro Critical Care
  • Neurologic Update
  • Critical Care Update
  • Emergency Department Update

Certification Classes

Certification, as defined by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health outcomes. Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive benefits of nursing certification on patient care.

Clinical Education offers the opportunity for clinical staff to attend seminars for national certifications. Depending on facility needs, the following classes will be offered:

  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Emergency Department Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Orthopedic Nursing
  • Operating Room Nursing
  • Wound Care
  • Stroke Nursing
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
  • Post Anesthesia Nursing
  • Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nursing

Emergency Care

Catholic Health works with Buffalo CPR to offer emergency care classes to our associates and community partners. Initial provider and recertification classes are offered and held at the Administrative and Regional Training Center. Classes offered include:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Life Support (PALS)
  • Community CPR

Professional Development

Healthcare workers are expected to recognize and respond to new demands arising from an ever-changing and increasingly complex healthcare system. Multiple new regulations and accreditation processes, professional standards, increased accountabilities, and financial priorities require more of direct care nurses and nurse leaders already struggling to gain and sustain competencies in evolving arenas of practice, quality, and safe patient care. Catholic Health offers the associate an opportunity to attend professional development seminars. Class topics are based on current best practices.

Competency-Based Orientation Program

At Catholic Health, graduate nurses are afforded an extensive competency-based orientation. Each new nurse is paired with a maximum of two trained preceptors, who guide them through a unit-specific orientation. During orientation, the preceptor assists the new graduate nurse with competency and skill acquisition, allows them exposure to a wide range of procedures, and helps them to become familiar with the environment and culture of the unit. Nurses working in critical care units (ICU, CCU, NICU) will have additional time to learn specialty skills.

In addition, this extensive orientation allows the graduate nurse to attend classes that have been developed to focus on his or her particular patient population prior to completing orientation.

Graduate Nurse Residency Program

The Catholic Health Graduate Nurse Residency Program is designed to support the newly graduated RN through the first year of practice. This 6-month program facilitates the transition from student nurse to professional nurse using a myriad of educational techniques. The length of unit-based orientation will vary depending on the unit and/or specialty. During this time, an RN preceptor provides support, encouragement and expertise.

Once orientation is completed, the residency continues with required monthly learning sessions that provide an atmosphere of camaraderie, where participants celebrate their personal growth, skill development, and burgeoning self confidence. The 6-hour learning sessions will concentrate on enhancing your clinical and communication skills, application of critical thinking, and confidence in providing safe patient care.