What is the NELC, and why is it unique to CHCC?
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Nurse Leadership Council Unique to CHCC
CHCC is the only health-care facility that offers its residents and patients expertise and superior care through its Nurse Executive Leadership Council (NELC). Uniquely developed specifically to meet patient/resident needs, the NELC ensures the delivery of safe, quality care by competent and compassionate nurses. At CHCC, nursing services and clinical education are led by a collaborative group of four nurse leaders incorporating diverse skills, experience, and perspective, in providing person- and family-centered care.
CHCC has a strong commitment to developing its own nursing staff to provide superior nursing care. When CHCC admitted its first patient more than 100 years ago, there were five nurses listed on the roster. Today, the nursing staff numbers approximately 425 and includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants. The growth of the nursing staff and scope of its responsibilities are influenced by community need and medical advancements. Nurses serve on many levels at CHCC. The majority provide direct patient care. Others serve in many diverse positions, including those who specialize in clinical areas such as wound-care and infection control, as well as broader fields like case management, health-care administration, and clinical education.
CHCC’s commitment to nursing expertise is reflected in its extensive support of education, specialty certification, and training. Clinical education courses, both mandatory and elective, are offered throughout the year. All nursing leaders receive training and certification in advance-care planning, a course designed by a CHCC interdisciplinary team. In addition, through a unique program coordinated by the New Jersey Action Coalition and Rutgers University School of Nursing, CHCC is one of only 20 facilities in New Jersey to offer a long-term care nurse residency program.
CHCC strongly encourages its nurses to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). They receive certification credits through specialized education, experience in a specialty area, and a qualifying exam. Certification is a professional’s official recognition of achievement, expertise, and clinical judgment. It is a mark of excellence that requires continued learning and skill development to maintain.