CHAMP Goes National for 2007

The Application deadline for CHAMP’s 2007 Medication Management course is fast approaching. The 2006 “inaugural” course is coming to an end and participants across the country can’t say enough about this innovative new program. “The CHAMP program has been an invaluable learning experience for me… The expertise and devotion of the faculty was apparent in every aspect of the course: the content of the program, the conference calls and finally the face to face conferences,” said one participant. Applications for the 2007 course have been coming in from coast to coast, and agencies everywhere are enthusiastic about this opportunity to improve geriatric homecare.

The VNAA is now offering CHAMP nationwide and giving agencies in every state the opportunity to apply for limited admission. With the impending transition to a “pay for performance” reimbursement system, CHAMP offers a timely opportunity for agencies to improve processes and outcomes at both the managerial and clinical level. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2006.

For more information or to download the CHAMP application and guide booklet, please refer to the application section of the CHAMP website. For all inquiries contact Jean Ellis at 617-737-3200 ext. 229. Don’t miss the chance to be among the first agencies in the country to benefit from this innovative training.

CHAMP Listserv Allows Nurse Managers to share ideas across the Country

One of most unique aspects of the CHAMP program is that it offers learners in each region an opportunity to share ideas and strategies with other homecare professionals across the country. The CHAMP “list serv” is a forum for all CHAMP participants to draw on each other and also on the staff and faculty of the program.

“The list serv has turned into a powerful collaborative learning tool,” says Jane Taylor Ed.D. a CHAMP faculty member. Faculty members like Taylor have encouraged the use of the list serv by having students post “Aim Statements” and proposed short cycle of change ideas. By doing this, other teams can see what kind of goals different agencies are setting for themselves and they can use that to develop their own goals or possibly give other agencies suggestions on how best to approach their aims.

“The list serv also helps turn other activities such as the conference “coaching calls” into vehicles for action,” says Taylor. It is during the coaching calls that students are encouraged to develop their short cycles of change and later post them. The list serv is really an integral part of the learning, allowing students to discuss the e-course and coaching calls and decide how to best apply the skills they’re obtaining.

Participants will be encouraged to continue listserv networking even after the course has concluded. This way they will support each other as they attempt to implement processes that they learned into their day to day practice.

CHAMPs Inaugural Course Nearing Finish

“I believe this (CHAMP) will benefit our agency not only for medication management in the elderly, but for all aspects of improvement as well,” said Michelle Ockenfels of VNA Healthcare Inc. Ockenfels is one of the more than 50 students in the New England region of CHAMP’s class of 2006. The New England region will be the first group to complete the course in its entirety later this month. This pilot course has received great reviews and the student feedback has been enthusiastic and positive.

Ockenfels echoed what many CHAMP students have reported, saying that the use of small rapid cycle tests of change was one of the most valuable lessons she learned in the program. “I believe this will benefit our agency not only for medication management in the elderly, but for all aspects of improvement as well.” CHAMP faculty member Laura Peterson agreed with her saying, “PDSA Cycles ("small tests of change") are the powerful engine of the Model for Improvement. Testing small accelerates improvement by increasing belief that the change will work, predicting how much improvement will result, and minimizing resistance upon implementation. CHAMP participants have been coached to think "What change can I test with the next patient...next nurse...or the next call to the doctor...and what did I learn from the test?" Improvement is built on multiple small cycles of testing.”

Ockenfels went on to express her gratitude towards CHAMP faculty, saying “…congratulations for your success in orchestrating such an important program, and for finding a vehicle to disperse the information that will touch the lives of many.”

The other two regions currently participating in CHAMP will be completing the course on December 20th, of this year. Many students have already expressed interest in CHAMP’s next offering, which will be Pain Management, to be launched in November of 2007.