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Enhance Your Staff’s Professionalism, Reward Loyalty and Dedication

By Cheryl Bernstein, RN, BSN, CCRC

Attending professional meetings and participating in organizational memberships are important to both physicians and allied health professionals. Besides enriching medical knowledge and receiving continuing education credits, these experiences provide unique opportunities for networking, enhancing professional growth and, above all, improving the quality of patient care. Learning about new medical and scientific advances and participating as active members of committees enhances professional development of both physicians and allied health professionals. Year after year, these experiences also build leadership skills.

Building a strong, unified, loyal and supportive medical team of professionals is the key to a successful medical practice and research center. As the director of Bernstein Clinical Research Center, LLC, supporting the educational and professional development of our allied health professionals, CNP, RRT, RN and MA’s has been crucial to our success. Our clinical and research physicians have consistently provided financial support for our allied health staff to attend regional and national educational programs by renewing and paying their annual membership dues and travel expenses as well as meeting registration fees. David Bernstein, MD, FACAAI, senior partner at Bernstein Allergy Group and Clinical Research Center, looks at it this way: “This has been a great investment over the many years we have sponsored our staff to attend meetings because they have been able to apply their knowledge to improve their work performance and productivity. We also find this builds morale among our employees and enhances their loyalty to our clinical and research practice, thereby improving our ability to retain our most productive and competent personnel for many years.”

Other allergy practices and research centers also have found great benefit in sending their allied health employees to ACAAI annual meetings. Mark Vandewalker, MD, FACAAI, medical director of Clinical Research of the Ozarks, associate allergist of Allergy and Asthma Consultants, and long term supporter of Allied Health programs, pays for several staff to attend on a rotating basis. He said, “I am always pleased with the extra knowledge and enthusiasm that my allied health professionals display when they return from their respective programs at the College meeting. It is a win-win for them to learn and for our practice to enhance the quality and reputation of our group!”

The ACAAI has a well-organized annual meeting with high quality programs tailored to satisfy the continuing education requirements of the nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, registered respiratory therapist, office administrator and other allied health professionals. The annual Allied Health program brings together many excellent physician and Allied Health speakers, each uniquely qualified in their field of expertise. The Advanced Practice Program is targeted for the nurse practitioner, physician assistant and experienced Allied Health professionals working in the field of allergy, immunology and asthma. Courses designed for new or less experienced professionals are also available, and all participants are encouraged to attend the general sessions along with the physicians.

In summary, investment in people is an investment in the quality of your practice. Valuing and financially supporting your team will build expertise, leadership and loyalty to your mission.

Nurse Bernstein


Special acknowledgement to: David I. Bernstein, MD, FACAAI; Mark L.Vandewalker, MD, FACAAI; Deidra Sanders, APRN, FNP-BC, CNP; Kathy Chojnacki, RN, MSN, CPNP-AC; and Mary Lou Hayden, MS, NP, AE-C
 
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