Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Education & Professional Development

Education at Sylvester under the department of Hospital, Patient and Community Education is committed to the continued professional development of the nursing staff throughout their employment with the organization. The department’s aim is to provide innovative and creative educational opportunities to staff, which facilitate professional and personal growth, professional competence and career advancement. The development begins with an individualized competency-based orientation program and continues with planned, regular education offerings designed to maintain and improve the knowledge and skills of all nursing personnel.

The primary goal of the Hospital, Patient and Community Education Department is to ensure that each individual under Nursing Services is competent to provide direct patient care or support services. The department is comprised of a director of Hospital, Patient and Community, two nurse educators and one administrative assistant.

The education program consists of various components; these include but are not limited to:

  • Nursing Orientation
  • Hospital Orientation
  • Oncology Education
    • Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Certification
    • Oncology Certified Nurse Review Course
    • Oncology Series
    • Oncology Competency Evaluation
    • Clinical Trial Education
    • Unit-based Training
  • IV/VAD Education
  • Restraint Education
  • Patient Care Equipment Use Training
  • Emergency Care Training
    • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    • Code Blue/Crash Cart/Defibrillator/AED
    • Mock Code
  • Preceptor Training Workshop
  • Annual Mandatory Training
  • Continuing Education Programs
  • Patient Education Resources

Faculty and educators selected for educational programs are qualified by experience, education and licensure. The Nursing Education Department works collaboratively with other disciplines and departments such as the medical staff, Infection Control, Human Resources and Quality Management among others, in order to ensure that high quality, competent patient care is provided by our nursing personnel.

Simulation Lab

Quality and patient safety is our utmost priority. The University of Miami/ Jackson Health System Center for Patient Safety simulation is available to all nurses. The space is equipped with high-fidelity simulators, monitor, crash cart, patient bed and various pieces of equipment to allow nurses to practice in a safe, controlled environment, while developing and increasing critical decision making skills. In addition, the simulation is coordinated with physician staff to enhance care team dynamics and communication.

Preceptor Course

This one-day workshop prepares our nurses to become a preceptor for new nurses joining Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics (SCCC/UMHC). The day includes information and role playing on adult learning theory, multi-generational considerations, conflict management and team dynamics. The new preceptor is coached on his/her ability to teach and mentor new nurses related to particular situations. Participants in this program are voluntary and express an interest in developing, coaching, mentoring and leadership skills. Preceptors are reimbursed for their commitment and willingness to assist fellow colleagues become effective SCCC/UMHC nurses.

Tuition Remission

Support and encouragement for educational advancement within the University of Miami is provided to employees who are classified as non-probationary, full-time employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement benefits. The degree program, certification, or course work must clearly provide benefit to SCCC/UMHC as well as the employee.

C.E. Direct

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is committed to the employee satisfaction and continued education. CE Direct is offered to all hospital based nurses and allied health professionals as an added benefit. CE Direct is equipped with over 1,500 award winning accredited continuing education courses and certification exam reviews, expanding skill sets and professional practice.


Lippincott Nursing Solutions online evidence-based learning tools are available to nursing and ancillary staff to increase nursing performance, clinical knowledge, standardize care, promote staff competence, and improve patient outcomes. Staff can rely on up to date procedures, skills and references available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Library Resources

The Calder Library is open daily and available online to assist with evidence-based searches and classes. There is a nursing portal with resources to support all staff and health professionals. For direct access to the website, visit the links below.

Additional Resources

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