Future and current nurses attend leadership training

A federal grant program is working with health care employers to supply the region with skilled nursing and emergency medical professionals.

More than 20 current and future licensed practical nurses and registered nurses attended a leadership training held at the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport.

Sponsored by the WATCH Project, the leadership training is a component of services provided to participants in the program.

Joni Bilbay, director of human resources at HCR ManorCare in Jersey Shore, presented information to the attendees about how to supervise staff.

Jessica Dworsky, regional human resources manager at Sycamore Manor, spoke about teamwork and ways to effectively communicate with coworkers.

Associate professor of nursing from Pennsylvania College of Technology, Jane Oehme, spoke about accountability, responsibility and patient rights in nursing.

The WATCH (Work Attributes Toward Careers in Health) Project is a federal Health Profession Opportunity Grant administered by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit in Milton, with a local office in Williamsport. The program, which serves residents in ten central Pennsylvania counties, helps move individuals into a high-priority health profession, such as a certified nursing assistant, LPN, RN, emergency medical technician and paramedic.

“While enrolled in the program, participants are paired with a career coordinator for case management and social support services,” said Katherine Vastine, WATCH Project manager, “and services continue through the sixth month of employment.”

Students in the WATCH Project might also receive assistance with tuition, uniforms, books and certification fees. The workshop helped participants focus on key elements of strong leadership in a health care setting.

The WATCH Project is open to residents of Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Tioga and Union counties. For more information about the program, visit www.csiu.org/watch or call 1-855-292-8246.