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Center for Training and Development

Our Center for Training and Development offers ongoing education and lifelong learning opportunities to build the skills and knowledge of Christian Hospital employees, leveraging evidence-based care philosophies and innovative technologies.

Hours of Operation

The Center for Training and Development is staffed Monday-Friday from 0800 to 1630.

  • All employees have access to the department.
  • For Computer Lab 1 & 2 after hour access use badge swipe activated door located outside the department.
  • Calls after hours and weekends will be returned within 48 business hours unless CTD is closed for a long holiday weekend.
  • Calls will be returned upon the next business day after the holiday.
  • The CTD serves Christian Hospital and Northwest Healthcare employees, physicians, volunteers, other employees from BJC, and community members.

PCT Academy

PCT Academy is a 9-week program coordinated with St. Louis Community College (STLCC). The Academy is structured under the guidance of the Missouri Hospital Association for unlicensed assistive personnel and includes six weeks of didactic classes per STLCC and three weeks of clinical practice overseen by the staff of CTD. The students of the academy are concurrently hired as employees of Christian Hospital.

Fitness classes

Fitness classes are provided through the Center for Training & Development. Scheduling is facilitated by Christian Hospital and Northwest Healthcare. Classes held at Christian Hospital include AMPED FITNESS Low Impact Cardio & Body Sculpting; Tai Chi; and Yoga. Yoga is also held at Northwest Healthcare. For more information contact Angela Shanks, 653-5187.

Nurse Fellowship & Residency Program

Nurse Fellowship Residency Program begins four times a year. The four cohorts run over a 12-month period. The program provides newly hired novice nurses with a strong clinical foundation for their professional journey towards nursing competency within the three education domains of cognitive, psychomotor skill, and socialization. Novice nurses attend a two-hour class every other week during the first six months. The following six months focus on clinical review and psychosocial support with the residency facilitator.

Preceptor Development

Preceptor Development Program is an educational program that is designed to help staff make the role transition to preceptor. The program employs a variety of adult teaching strategies and active learning experiences to assist in the development of the preceptor. The program is open to all departments for all staff who will engage in a preceptor role. The course is offered in a four session series. For more information contact Jeremy Yates, 653-4329 or at [email protected]


New Employee Orientation (NEO) is designed for all employees, medical students, Davita, and Morrison employees every other week except during the December holiday season. Content includes but is not exclusive to, orientation to Christian Hospital, its mission, vision and values; customer service; environmental safety and security; occupational health, risk management and diversity awareness.

Clinical and Nursing Orientation

Clinical and Nursing Orientation is scheduled every other week except during the December holiday season for new clinical employees that provide direct patient care such as Registered Nurses, Student Nurse Technicians, and Personal Care Technicians. Content is employee specific and includes activities such as skills check offs; ergonomics with safe patient handling; skin and wound care, stroke, STEMI and diabetic care; dietary and lab procedures; care of the home health, palliative care, and hospice patient; infection prevention; and the National Patient Safety Goals. Computer training for new clinical staff is incorporated in orientation, as appropriate, and lead by the BJC Information System staff.

Critical Care Orientation

Critical Care Orientation course series is designed to prepare the new critical care employee for employment in the Intensive care Unit (ICU), StepDown Unit (SDU), and Telemetry areas. The critical care orientation series consists of 4 components: The Basic Knowledge Assessment Tool (BKAT)©; BJC HealthCare ECG Monitoring and Pharmacology; The Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO)® E-Learning course; and a class series over twelve weeks consisting of six modules which complements the ECCO® on-line module by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)©. The critical care orientation series incorporates concepts from the ECCO® modules and relates the concepts to care practices and guidelines at Christian Hospital and Northwest Healthcare. The class modules present evidenced-based care structured by learning objectives that emphasize patient safety as the ultimate goal.

Professional Nurse Development Program

BJC Professional Nurse Development Program (PNDP) promotes the lifelong pursuit of expertise of the clinical nurse. The overall goal of the program is to promote and support high quality patient care by facilitating opportunities for professional growth and advancement in clinical nursing at the point-of-care. The staff of CTD coordinate the BJC PNDP at Christian Hospital/Northwest Healthcare with the assistance of the Vice President of Nursing and the PNDP committee members.

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