Congratulations to the 1199 Training Fund Class of 2019! On Tuesday, June 18, close to 200 family, friends, and union leaders gathered to celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduates. In 2018-2019, 59 1199 members earned High School Diplomas, Certificates, Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, and Master’s Degrees. Programs of study included:
1199 nurses from throughout Connecticut attended the Training Fund’s 7th Annual Nursing Conference on November 14, 2018. When asked why she attended, one nurse said “Knowledge is Power! I acquire new ideas every time I attend!”
The keynote speaker was Carolyn DeRocco, Vice President of Programs and Education, Alzheimer’s Association-CT Chapter. Other workshops included: Changing Our Beliefs about Drugs and Alcohol, Mindy Bowens; Head to Toe Assessment, Anna Go; Wound Care in the Age of Antibiotic Stewardship, Catherine Milne.
Comments from evaluations included the following:
Why did you decide to attend the conference?
Did the conference meet your expectations? Why or why not?
What were two things that you learned today that you will be able to use at your job or share with your co-workers?
DID THE CONFERENCE MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS? “MORE THAN I COULD EVER IMAGINE! I LEARNED A LOT. I GOT TO INTERACT WITH CO-WORKERS, AND MEET NEW PEOPLE FROM 1199. AWESOME!!” Over 200 1199 nursing home and homecare members from throughout Connecticut at the 1199 Training Fund’s 16th annual conference. The keynote speaker, Kyrie Carpenter, gave a wonderful presentation called “Culture Change Starts with the Heart” and members spent the day choosing from the following workshops:
“Trust me. Going back to school is the best thing ever!” said Amdrilla Erskine, Governor’s House, at the 2018 Training Fund graduation. Sixty 1199 Nursing Home members graduated in 2017-2018 with high school diplomas, certificates, and degrees. Graduates gathered on June 12, 2018 with family, friends, co-workers, and union leaders, to celebrate their accomplishments. Graduates included the following:
Thirty-two 1199 members are now published authors! Their stories are in “My Open Heart,” available at Hardballpress.com. On May 24, 2018, the writers gathered with family, friends, union leaders, and Hardball Press Publisher Tim Sheard to celebrate the publication of this new book. Many of the stories are about their lives as healthcare workers and put the reader right into their world. Other stories are about their lives as immigrants, or about their feelings on why it is important to be active in their union and their community.
Congratulations to the fourteen 1199 members for their completion of the Administrative Medical Assistant program at Capital Community College (CCC) in Hartford! The 1199 Training Fund partnered with CCC on this program in Fall 2017 and on January 30, 2018, family and friends joined together with the graduates to celebrate their hard work and accomplishment. Training Fund College and Career Counselor Susan Oliver shared a quote from Brigham Young: “Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world of work, and the power to appreciate life.”
The following students completed the program:
On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, nurses from throughout Connecticut gathered at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell for the Training Fund’s 6th Annual Nursing Conference. At the end of the day, one nurse wrote that she planned to “Focus on her mind, body, soul and spirit to find balance…to be the best nurse ever!” The theme for the day was “Nurses as Leaders” and Alicia Davis, the keynote speaker’s presentation was “Putting on the Oxygen Mask: Wellbeing Strategies for Clinicians.” Through the day, participants attended the following workshops: