FranU launches hub for healthcare professional development

“The most commonly voiced concerns were centered around the skill gaps in our workforce,” said FranU Assistant Professor and Director of Health Administration Laurinda Calongne, EdD, LCSW. “In Baton Rouge alone, we have more than 30,000 people employed in the healthcare sector and in Louisiana, there are 300,000 people who work in our industry, highlighting a clear need for upscaled and targeted training.”

Seeing an opportunity to help those in healthcare grow and develop professionally, FranU’s Board of Trustees decided to launch the new Franciscan Center for Professional Development, a hub for e-learning courses, virtual seminars, webinars, and a simulation hospital that will serve as a training site for clinicians to learn new and enhance existing skills.

“We are thrilled to offer these advanced learning opportunities and to be a major partner in the state’s workforce development,” said Calongne. “From specific nursing skills to finance in healthcare, there will be options that help all ranges of healthcare professionals continue to best care for our friends and neighbors.”

Named by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community Engaged Campus and a six-time President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll winner, FranU has the capacity to develop high-quality, innovative programming and will partner with other healthcare organizations to create customized in-person training.

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