2004-12-17 / Community

Mendizabel Completes Nursing Program

Amelia A. Mendizabal, of Rockaway Park has completed an exclusive leadership program for nurses in senior management roles who aspire to become or remain leaders in the long-term care profession.

Mendizabal is Director of Nursing at Resort Nursing Home in Arverne.

The Nurse Leadership Institute (NLI) was developed by the Foundation for Quality Care, a non-profit research and educational foundation affiliated with the New York State Health Facilities Association. The innovative program, assisted by funds made available under New York State’s Workforce Development Grants, provides college-level credits through the State University of New York Institute of Technology’s (SUNYIT) School of Nursing and Health Systems in Utica.

“No one is more important to the delivery of quality care than nurses and nurse leaders. We need to do everything we can to support them,” said Richard J. Herrick, President and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association. “Programs such as these are critical to the long-term success of skilled nursing facilities in New York State.”

Mendizabal was one of 47 NLI participants in this region. The NLI was designed to provide nursing leaders with an ongoing educational and peer networking program that promotes personal development, core competencies and best practices in the role of long-term care nursing.

“The Institute is even more critical in these times of staffing shortages and increased quality of care and financial pressures in the long-term care profession,” said Edwin Graham, President of the Foundation for Quality Care. “This program trains the next generation of nurse leaders to care for New York’s most frail populations.”

Completion ceremonies will be held on December 14 and 15 at the LaGuardia Marriott in East Elmhurst.

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