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FAQs for CEOs

How will this program help my agency?
Your agency will join a ground-breaking, prestigious national program designed to give your frontline managers the tools they need to improve practice outcomes, and to help the nurses they manage provide ‘best practice’ geriatric care to their older patients. To enhance management practice, nurse managers will gain skills in increasing team building and communication among your staff. Your agency will also benefit from improved staff satisfaction and patient outcomes.

How much time will the program require per week?
Each frontline manager participant will spend approximately 2 - 3 hours per week on CHAMP related activities. This time includes ½ hour seat time at the computer with the E learning modules. The balance of time will incorporate various activities into the learner’s day to day practice. For example, a ‘homework’ assignment may ask the learner to employ a medication reconciliation tool with a direct care nurse and report back. The outcome of this intervention would be entered into the E measurement system via a patient chart review. Homework activities will be interwoven into the normal day-to-day practice of a frontline nurse manager. Coaching calls from instructor staff or a homework assignment on the list serv may also be scheduled at intervals throughout the program

What is the Fee for the Program?
Much of the cost of the CHAMP course is covered by a grant from Atlantic Philanthropies. The program fee for the 2007 Medication Management Course is $1000 per agency regardless of size of the agency or CHAMP team. This fee is due for payment in January 2007. An invoice will be included with the acceptance letter. Payment may be made by check, payable to VNAA, VISA, MasterCard or Amex.

Is the VNAA CHAMP program open to VNAs only?
All Certified homecare agencies, including non-profits and for-profits, regardless of location are encouraged to apply.

Will my agency receive recognition for participation?
Yes! VNAA CHAMP is a national program that aims to dramatically improve homecare practice, and we are currently developing national recognition programs and incentives for participants and graduates of this ground-breaking initiative.

Will this program help with staff retention?
The program is designed to enhance the management and team-building skills of your frontline nurse managers. More engaged and effective nurse managers translate to a more satisfied staff.

How can I support my CHAMP team?
Most importantly, you will need to create and submit with your application a support plan for your frontline managers, providing them the time to participate in the VNAA CHAMP program. We also strongly urge you to establish opportunities within your agency for recognizing your CHAMP team’s participation and accomplishments, and maintain a keen interest in your team’s progress over the course of the program. Regular bi-monthly meetings with your CHAMP team, are strongly encouraged. Also senior leaders are required to attend the first face-to-face workshop.

Is the VNAA CHAMP program geared only towards the novice frontline nurse manager?
Frontline nurse managers of all experience levels will find this training useful. The curriculum is designed to embed evidence-based practice in homecare agencies by utilizing the most current research available. CHAMP’s managing for quality and team-building curriculum will provide frontline managers with tools to guide practice improvement efforts of the nurses under their supervision.


FAQs for Nurse Managers

How will the VNAA CHAMP program help me in my day-to-day practice?
The VNAA CHAMP program will provide you with ‘best practice’ evidence-based learning that you can directly apply to your daily practice. Frontline managers will acquire skills to help them improve their ability to manage for quality, and patient outcomes.

How much time will the program require per week?
Each frontline manager participant will spend approximately 2 - 3 hours per week on CHAMP related activities. This time includes ½ hour seat time at the computer with the E-learning modules. The balance of time will incorporate various activities into the learner’s day to day practice. For example, a ‘homework’ assignment may ask the learner to employ a medication reconciliation tool with a direct care nurse and report back. The outcome of this intervention would be entered into the E measurement system via a patient chart review. Homework activities will be interwoven into the normal day-to-day practice of a frontline nurse manager. Coaching calls from instructor staff or a homework assignment on the list serv may also be scheduled at intervals throughout the program

Will I have the opportunity to interact with other homecare organizations?
Frontline managers from other agencies across the nation will be participating in the program and there will be a number of ways to interact with other managers nationwide, including an email listserv, face-to-face workshops, and group coaching calls.

Will there be opportunities to evaluate my progress?
You will be able to track your interventions and progress over time. Online measurement tools will help you track the progress of the nurses you manage over time and compare your progress to other CHAMP participants in your region and across the country.

Will I have to participate at a scheduled time each week?
The online E-Learning course, chart reviews and work with your staff may be done at a time of your choosing. The two face-to-face workshops and monthly coaching phone calls will be at scheduled times.

What do I do if I have a problem or question?
A number of support systems are in place to meet your needs. You will be able to contact the program instructors with questions about the content areas, assignments and general questions about the curriculum. You will have contacts at VNAA to help you with logistical issues, online E-learning site problems or any other general questions.

Who in my organization will be involved?
This program is specially tailored for frontline managers. To provide the support that you need, the commitment of top leadership at your agency will also be critical. Other participants may include clinical educators and quality improvement specialists in your organization.

Do I need a special computer or internet connection to use the online E-learning course?
VNAA CHAMP’s online E-learning system was designed to accommodate the computer systems and internet connections of a typical home health agency. Specific technical requirements can be found in the Application FAQs.

Is the VNAA CHAMP program geared only towards the novice frontline nurse manager?
Frontline nurse managers of all experience levels will find this training useful. The curriculum is designed to embed evidence-based practice in homecare agencies by utilizing the most current research available. CHAMP’s managing for quality and team-building curriculum will provide frontline managers with tools to guide practice improvement efforts of the nurses under their supervision.

APPLICATION FAQs


Where can I find detailed information about applying to CHAMP?
See the CHAMP GUIDE BOOKLET for detailed information and instruction regarding the application and enrollment process..

How do I apply?
Click on “Application” on the VNAA CHAMP webpage. Download, print and refer to the CHAMP Guide Booklet for detailed instructions. Fill out the application form, include your agency support plan, statement of commitment and a copy of your frontline nurse manager job description.

Who can apply?
All homecare agencies are welcome to apply regardless of geographic location, size or ownership type.

Is there a deadline for applying?
Yes. November 15, 2006 is the application deadline date for the 2007 Medication Management Course which starts March 12, 2007.

Is there a fee?
Much of the cost of the CHAMP course is covered by a grant from Atlantic Philanthropies. The program fee for the 2007 Medication Management Course is $1000 per agency. This fee will be due at the time of acceptance.

When and how will my agency be notified?
The agency contact will receive a letter regarding acceptance or declination by the end of December.

Is a computer required to participate?
A computer with internet access is needed to participate. An individual email address for each CHAMP participant is also required.

What operating system and type of internet connection is needed to use the E learning site?
The CHAMP program was designed to accommodate the computer systems and internet connections of a typical home health agency. One of the following user systems is required:

  • Windows: IE 5.5+, Netscape 6.2+, Mozilla 1.2.1+, AOL 7+ (with IE 5.5+ installed)
  • Mac OS 8.6: Netscape 6.2+ Mac OS 10.0: Netscape 6.2+, Mozilla 1.2.1+
  • Mac OS 10.1: Netscape 6.2+, Mozilla 1.2.1+AOL 7+
  • Mac OS 10.2: Safari 1.0, Netscape 6.2+, Mozilla 1.2.1+, AOL 7+
  • Mac OS 10.3: Safari 1.2, Netscape 6.2+, Mozilla 1.2.1+, AOL 7+

The computer(s) used to access CHAMP will also need to be set-up as follows:

  • Minimum screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels configured for 16 bit color or higher.
  • Minimum Internet connection speed of 56Kb/sec.

Will I need to have all my CHAMP team members in place at the time of the application?
The number and composition of your agency CHAMP team must be recorded on the application form. You must file the application with a list of your participant names and have the capacity to provide a CHAMP team of 3-5 members. Your team member’s names, positions, email addresses and phone numbers must be submitted on your agency application form.

Who needs to sign the application?
A senior leader (CEO, Executive Director, COO, Executive VP)in your agency must sign the application.