Shashi Parashar, Providence's Pharmacy Technician, is excited about plans for the new Knowledge Centre. Providing a dedicated space that houses additional resources shows two things: that Providence is dedicated to staff development and truly cares about the quality of patient care.
Shashi has been with Providence for over 30 years and, even though she’s in the twilight of her career, she still loves to learn and mentor students and colleagues. “Providence is a great place to work, because of the education grants available for staff seeking to upgrade skills and knowledge in order to better care for patients." In fact, Shashi recently received a grant to complete a program to become a regulated pharmacy technician. “I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to advance. The costs for my family would have made it impossible for me to pursue."
They are the bright minds, the caring hands and the compassionate hearts that make all the difference for our patients. When you lend your financial support to Providence Healthcare, you will help us invest in one of our most valuable assets: our people. Building a dedicated Knowledge Centre at Providence is essential to the future of patient care in our region.
Our experience caring for people with greater acuity has positioned Providence Healthcare as a leader in rehabilitation, long-term care and palliative care. A significant investment in our people is vital to ensuring that they can continue to advance the way they learn and transfer knowledge now and into the future.
With the increasing need for complex care and treatment, the demand for advanced learning among our staff has grown exponentially. What’s more, there is a wide variety of practice requirements for Regulated Health Professionals that our clinical staff are mandated to obtain.
Our nurses need access to the proper tools and technology, away from their busy units in an environment conducive to hands-on training as well as e-learning.
There is a critical need for a central location where staff can meet and debrief, with access to computers, simulation labs, and, medical mannequins to support learning objectives, and each other.
Our 14,645-square-foot Knowledge Centre, which will be located in a high profile space within our Hospital, will offer support for our 1,200 staff, 350 volunteers, and 200 students and medical residents. The Knowledge Centre will be available 24 hours a day. Clinical labs will offer training on the use of IV, CPR, and other essential procedures and industry best practices.
This is a critical investment in the healthcare leaders of tomorrow who will dream and innovate. The result will be an ability to instill hope for all patients and their families long into the future.
Inspiring hope also includes the ability for us to provide our people with financial aid to support their continuing education and growth. However, requests for education support have tripled over the past six years. They are now five times more than what we are able to provide.
Your support will enable us to provide Education Grants that will ensure that $100,000 per year is available to our staff to fund their ongoing education and development. The ultimate goal is to improve their skills and ability to care for current and future patients, keeping them on the cutting edge of care delivery.
Our staff, when all is said and done, is our most precious resource.
Your support will help us invest in our most precious asset – our people – by developing a Knowledge Centre and support staff education grants. This investment will continue to spur the great minds of our staff to be innovative in how we tackle the healthcare challenges of today and tomorrow to the benefit of our patients and their families.