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Professional Development Certificate Program

The purpose of this educational activity is to enable the learner to understand how to create meaningful professional development opportunities.


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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

Lesson I:

  1. Identify three (3) responsibilities of the Professional Development Practitioner in the long-term care setting.
  2. Identify three (3) focus areas of the Professional Development Practitioner as it relates to mandated training programs.

Lesson II:

  1. Identify two (2) principles of andragogy for the adult learner.
  2. Identify two (2) techniques used to enhance learning.
  3. Select three (3) methods used to obtain information during a needs assessment.

Lesson III:

  1. Choose three (3) steps in the process of developing an educational offering.
  2. Identify three (3) elements of an objective goal.
  3. Construct two (2) behavioral objectives that are measurable and observable.

Lesson IV:

  1. Choose two (2) types of feedback in education.
  2. Identify one (1) purpose of testing in education.
  3. Select one (1) purpose of a post-course evaluation.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge about staff development by passing a quiz with a score of 85% or greater accuracy.


Lois Platt, MSN, RN

Ms. Platt has had extensive experience in a variety
of health care settings, including as Staff Development Coordinator in a Long-Term Care facility.  She also worked as a Term Assistant Professor of Nursing for the University of Alaska Anchorage AAS Nursing Program for many years as well as coordinating and teaching a Certified Nursing Assistant Program. Prior to entering nursing education, Ms. Platt worked in both staff
nurse and Clinical Resource Manager positions in a small Critical Access Hospital in rural Alaska.  Her work experience also includes staff and charge nurse positions on Medical-Surgical and Intensive Care Units.  Ms. Platt obtained a Diploma in nursing from Joseph Lawrence School of Nursing in New
London, Connecticut; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut; and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska.

Professional Development Certificate Program - Healthcare Academy
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Professional Development Certificate Program


Previously, the nurse serving in the role as facility educator was referred to as a staff development coordinator or staff development professional. As the role and duties have evolved, the current term to describe this professional is the nurse development practitioner (NDP). It is important to understand just what the NDP does in healthcare, and why the role is so very important. As a NPD, researching, planning, and organizing the mandated training programs will be your responsibility.

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