Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations

A Private, Not-for-Profit, Licensed and Nationally Accredited College of Nursing
Where dreams of a Better Tomorrow Come True … Learn, Grow, Become …
Located at:
5154 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
Phone: (561)683-1400
Fax: (561)683-6773
Email Us 
Lois M. Gackenheimer Richards, PhD Ed, MSN, RN
Executive Director / President
2022 Strategic Plan
Message from the President to Staff and Faculty


2021 was the year of COVID, and it had a significant impact on the lives of staff, faculty, and students. I’m proud to report that all of you, yes all of ANHO’s constituents prevailed throughout the turbulence, and continued all services without any issues, problems, or long term illness. We are blessed beyond measure, and are deeply grateful to have all classes and services functioning fully.

During this past year, we lost many students who couldn’t sustain a full time class schedule and deal with COVID issues as well, but we were fortunate enough to have had new incoming students to fill the empty seats. During these next 12 months our strategies need to revolve around how we can help all existing students to succeed and fulfill their dreams of graduation, and employment in nursing. The demand for qualified nurses has never been greater!

During the next 12 months, we will be challenged to document our empirical evidence of best practices, and evidence based teaching through our scholarly research. Remember if it’s “not documented” it “wasn’t done”. These documented reports will be essential for all divisions to meet ANHO’s strategic goals.

The third area of focus for 2021 will center around teaching students to balance life, and learn to actively study. Most failing students lack these abilities & lack the appropriate study skills to master learning. Invariably as I meet with and interview struggling students, I have identified these common weaknesses. You will have to dedicate time, effort, and resources into teaching active study techniques to help meet the 1st goal mentioned of helping each student succeed. As you do this, remember to document, document, and document.

The great news for the state of our school is that we are financially healthy, care deeply for all of our constituents, are in good standing with all of our regulators, and we enjoy an impeccable community reputation. This is a wonderful position to be in!

We will welcome in a new year and lead the crusade to fill vacant nursing positions in our community with outstanding nurses. We will help each student set their unique path to success, and help keep alive their dream to become excellent nurses.

Thank you to each of you for all you do, for all of the lives you transform, and for your unwavering dedication from the moment a prospective student first contacts us, all the way through their first job success, and in many cases on to advance education. You have guided, taught, and advised impeccably. I couldn’t be more proud of each of you, and proud to count you as trusted colleagues.

Blessings to each of you and your families. Stay safe and healthy while we courageously conquer our 2022 horizons. Remember “Together we can move mountains!!”.

Respectfully



Dr. Lois M. Gackenheimer Richards, RN
Executive Director

MISSION STATEMENT


To Teach - underprivileged, unemployed and underemployed men and women of Palm Beach County the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to be employed in the Healthcare Profession.

Contributing Objectives:

  1. To network with existing available resources in order to assist students in completing their education, and in obtaining and retaining employment.
  2. To meet the employment needs of the Healthcare Community of Palm Beach County by contributing to a well-prepared workforce.
  3. To offer healthcare employees continuing educational opportunities for keeping knowledge, skills, and competencies current in order to retain employment.


PHILOSOPHY


Because the student has a dream,
                  We have a job to do.
Because the student will care for patients,
                  We must protect the public.
Because the student has a choice,
                  We must be all that we can be.
Because the student has responsibilities,
                  We must be considerate.
Because the student is unique,
                  We must be flexible.
Because the student has high expectations,
                  We must excel.
Because the student is the future of Health Care,
                  We must seek continuous improvement.

The Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations believes that any person willing to apply himself or herself can benefit from the education offered. Previous educational successes are not nearly as important as possessing a sincere desire to work and a commitment to help people who are sick, convalescing or dying. Love and compassion for one's fellow man, willingness to work hard, and an even temperament are essential and valued qualities in the Health Care profession and at the college. The belief that students can flourish and achieve anything they aspire to, given a caring, positive educational setting is the prevalent philosophy at the college and is the message behind ANHO's motto "Be all that you can be - Learn, Grow, Become."

The college has maintained the philosophy that in order to adequately prepare students and approve them as competent to deliver care, it is essential to observe their behavior, integrity, responsibility, dependability, and judgment over a prolonged period of time and during many hours of clinical practice in a variety of settings. Students begin and exit the program in groups, participate in community service projects, participate in student organizational activities, and participate in student government. An active volunteer program is also maintained. These activities are encouraged because the college maintains the philosophy that it is important for health care workers to have teamwork, organizational and leadership skills, as well as a commitment to serve the community.


VISION STATEMENT


Health Care Employers of Palm Beach County will look to the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations as their preferred resource for employment and retention of their workforce and the residents of Palm Beach County will look to the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations as their preferred source of health care education.


Core Values:
  ◊ Integrity
  ◊ Respect
  ◊ Commitment
  ◊ Accountability
  ◊ Caring
  ◊ Teamwork




FINANCE



GOAL: To continue to enhance financial stability to fulfill the mission of the college and to fulfill the goals of the overall strategic plan through 2025. Evaluate Annually

An institution such as a college needs financial resources and financial stability matched to its vision and mission. The college will maintain financial stability through prudent business practices, careful long-range financial planning, and increased Financial Aid funding in the face of decreased grant programs as evidence by achieving the following objectives.
  1. To obtain and access funding sources that will allow the above goal to be met, thus acquiring appropriate human resources, equipment, space, facilities, and supplies. Evaluate Annually

    Financial Impact: $60,000


    1. Expand Title IV programs and student base so that grant funding remains below 30% of school’s revenue
    2. Establish scholarship program for those students with a funding gap prior to completion of the program
    3. Establish the college’s reserves to a level of 50% of the college’s Annual Operating Budget.
    4. Maintain investments to grow expansion fund

  2. To, at a minimum, break even at the close of each fiscal year with no debt and fully funding depreciation and maintaining a 1.5 composite ratio. Evaluate Annually.

    Financial Impact: $33,000


    1. Expand enrollment in Programs to above break even levels
    2. Monthly evaluation of Income vs Expenditures and make adjustments as needed


DEVELOPMENT



Goal: To develop resources to fulfill the mission of the college and to fulfill the goals of the overall strategic plan through 2027. Evaluate Annually.

Toward this end, the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations will engage in activities related to the following categories: Annually through 2027
  1. Solicitation of contributions/fundraising – Goal of $25,000.00 per year
  2. Community Outreach
  3. Grant writing
  4. Establishing clinical training
  5. Engage in succession planning


This development will be accomplished by establishing the following objectives which will be evaluated annually.
  1. Solicit contributions in order to have 50% of the amount of the operating budget in reserve
    Financial Impact: $10,000.00
  2. Community Outreach - Key personnel to have active participation in elite organizations such as
    Financial Impact: $10000.00
    Palm Healthcare Foundation      Council on Occupational Education
    Palm Beach County Directors of Nursing Assn. Career Source, Palm Beach County
    Florida Board of Nursing Alpha Beta Kappa
    National Honor Society Mental Health Association
    ACEN Youth Empowerment
  3. Procure at least one grant per year to further the college’s mission
    Financial Impact: $2000.00
  4. Participation in Computerized Clinical Facility Matching System and Supplemental clinical training with Community Experiences that achieve purposeful/relevant experiences
    Financial Impact: $1000.00
  5. Identify and develop successors to be proficient in managing the school
    Annual Dues: $50000.00 per year
  6. Pursuing the feasibility of offering a BSN Program at ANHO and expanding the Health Occupations $50,000.00 Program to include other programs such as Medical Assisting.


PHYSICAL PLANT/MEDIA RESOURCES



Goal: It is extremely important to maintain the college’s physical plant in such a way as to continue to attract excellent faculty and students, as well as ensure that all users have the proper environment to fulfill their respective jobs and responsibilities in a safe, clean, and effective manner through 2027.

To achieve this goal the following objectives have been identified and will be evaluated annually
  1. To establish a long term secure lease
    Financial Impact: $320000.00
  2. To establish and maintain an environment conducive to learning and maintain the following including preventative maintenance measures for
    1. Lighting – Inside and outside lighting maintained with monthly preventative maintenance
      Financial Impact: $2000.00
    2. Parking.
      Financial Impact: $5000.00
    3. Educational Resources
      Computers maintained $5,000.00
      Simulators maintained$30000.00
    4. Maintenance & Repair – Copier upgrade 2023.
      Financial Impact: $20000.00
      Carpet/shampoo, paint, and repair during each college closing annually.
      Financial Impact: $5000.00
      Daily/weekly repairs as needed
      Financial Impact: $4000.00
    5. Office and Advisement Space – Provide office privacy and conference area for advisement
      Financial Impact: $2,000.00


IT SECURITY



Goal: To maintain strong security policies and effective internal controls to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure of sensitive information. The college will continue to implement and strengthen security measures through 2027.

  1. To hold an annual cyber security training with all employees
    Financial Impact: $1000.00
  2. To update and maintain the Cyber Security Procedure Manual on an annual basis
    Financial Impact: $1000.00
  3. To perform a Risk Assessment and provide recommendations to increase our security
    Financial Impact: $3000.00
  4. To conduct security awareness training for existing employees.
    Financial Impact: $0000.00
  5. To conduct security training for all newly hired employees
    Financial Impact: $2,000.00


STUDENT POPULATION



Goal: To include diversity, and the entire Palm Beach County geographic area, with the goal of producing not only a successful student, but also a successful graduate, and employee through 2027.

To achieve this goal, the following objectives have been set and will be evaluated annually.
  1. Attract/recruit students from diverse cultural backgrounds who meet the elements of the college’s mission and admission criteria.
    Financial Impact: $25,000.00.
    1. Hispanic Latino students to be at least 10% of the college’s population
    2. Male students to be at least 10% of the college’s population
    3. Minority students to be at least 50% of the college’s population
  2. Attract/recruit students from a wide variety of geographic areas of Palm Beach County i.e. farming, urban, rural, township, unincorporated areas, including veterans.
    Financial Impact: $10000.00.
  3. Serve the working PCTs, Rehab Assistants, LPNs and other Healthcare Employees of Palm Beach County to advance their educational level.
    Financial Impact: $5000.00.
  4. Emphasize decorum & caring behaviors as a meaningful portion of preparation for a healthcare professional. This should encompass IPR skills, physical presentation, professional relationships, and following ANHO’s Code of Conduct and rules. Complete character essay competitions twice annually.
    Financial Impact: $5000.00.
  5. 5.Academic Dean and Assistant Academic Dean to conduct focus group meetings soliciting student advisement.
    Financial Impact: $1000.00.


EDUCATIONAL NEEDS



Goal: To provide classroom and clinical resources that will assist students of diverse needs and backgrounds to be successful annually through 2027.

To achieve this goal the following objectives have been set and will be evaluated annually.
  1. Educational assessments will be used to identify resources that best provide students with opportunities to ensure successful entry into practice.
    Financial Impact: $50.00/student.
  2. ATI/HESI threaded through out the curriculum.
    Financial Impact: $400.00/student.
  3. Employer expectations solicited
    Financial Impact: $2000.00.
  4. To establish up to date learning resources available daily & update print resources. .
    Financial Impact: $100000.00.
  5. To provide for life skills, employment skills, decorum, and caring behaviors threaded throughout curriculum.
    Financial Impact: $0.00.
  6. To assure that student attendance at clinical practice meets state requirements.
    Financial Impact: $0.00.
  7. To provide private, individual, and caring Academic Advisement for students.
    Financial Impact: $0.00.
  8. Constant oversight of Friday curriculum, attendance, and feedback, adding additional assistance for teaching how to learn difficult rigorous coursework etc.
    Financial Impact: $50,000.00.
  9. Pilot curriculum changes in order to meet completion and licensure benchmarks for all programs
    Financial Impact: $0.00.
  10. Utilization of Sim Lab and skill demonstration to assist in student learning and outcomes
    Financial Impact: $5000.00.


FACULTY



Goal: A student’s success is influenced greatly by the faculty. It is therefore incumbent on the institution to insure that it has qualified, motivated, knowledgeable involved and enthusiastic faculty in its employ. This is a requirement in order to achieve the goals of any educational endeavor, but most especially to achieve the goals of educating health care practitioners annually through 2027.

To achieve this goal the following objectives have been set and will be evaluated annually.
  1. To evaluate staffing levels and assignments monthly.
    Financial Impact: $0.00.
  2. To meet programmatic accreditation standards
    Financial Impact: $10000.00.
  3. To evaluate classroom, clinical, and simulation faculty with corrective action plans as necessary
    Financial Impact: $0.00.
  4. To evaluate classroom, clinical, simulation, and online faculty teaching concepts - congruent with approved program curriculum adopted by faculty. Appropriate measures taken for non-compliance.
    Financial Impact: $0.00.
  5. To provide evidence of faculty development progress toward advanced degrees, scholarly work, and current evidence-based practice used as a basis for teaching and toward shoring up weaknesses.
    Financial Impact: $2000.00.
  6. To evaluate curriculum following each cohort experience of success and progression.
    Financial Impact: $10000.00.


Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
Faculty Development Goals

  1. Qualified faculty to meet established continuing education goals
    Financial Impact: $1,500,000.00.
  2. Improve faculty educational skills, in the areas of didactic communication, development and assessment, clinical and simulation
    Financial Impact: $1,000.00.
  3. Identify sources of successful progression and measure results
    Financial Impact: $0.00.
  4. Explore evidence based literature to assist faculty with scholarly work
    Financial Impact: $3,000.00
  5. Achieve student learning outcomes and program outcomes
    Financial Impact: $0.00


Faculty Development Schedule 2021


MonthTopic
April 11, 201 3:00 pmFaculty Scholarly Presentations-ADN Division
June 20, 2021 3:00 pmFaculty Scholarly Presentations-ADN Division
August 15, 2021, 3:00 pmFaculty Scholarly Presentations-ADN Division
October 17, 2021, 3:00 pmFaculty Scholarly Presentations-ADN Division



COMMUNITY NEEDS



Goal: To meet the needs of the community by fulfilling the mission of the college and meeting the goals of the overall strategic plan annually through 2027.

To achieve this goal, the following objectives have been set and will be evaluated annually.
  1. To collaborate and partner with Community Healthcare Agencies.
    1. A.To use a variety of 25 or more clinical training sites thereby increasing educational and employment opportunities for graduates - Employee time 10 hours/week
      Financial Impact: $ 21,000.00
    2. To collaborate with local organizations that assist students/graduates to overcome barriers and become self-sufficient, including support services.
      Financial Impact: $ 20,000.00

  2. To stay abreast of new trends in the delivery of health services.
    1. Attend healthcare meetings and Association functions to ascertain latest trends and needs and build relationships
      Financial Impact: $10,000.00
    2. Utilize members of the healthcare community in an advisory capacity so as to keep current with industry needs
      Financial Impact: $10,000.00
    3. To survey alumnae and employers’ satisfaction levels and needs.
      Financial Impact: $0.00
    4. To have a satisfaction rate of 85% or higher with employers and graduates.
      Financial Impact: $0.00

  3. 3.The above objectives will be met when the school reaches and continues to meet the following goals through 2025:
    1. Increase student enrollment to above break even levels
      Financial Impact: $0.00
    2. Consistently obtain 85% placement rate as reported on COE Annual Report:
    3. Consistently obtain 85% licensure pass rate as reported on COE annual report:
    4. Continues to have a satisfactory rate of 85% or higher with employers, students, and graduates


COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE



Goal: To provide students and faculty with an environment of commitment to excellence annually and through 2027.

To achieve this goal, the following objectives have been set and will be evaluated annually.
  1. To remain current with issues that impact healthcare education and practice utilizing the following:
    1. Regulators and regulation - Commission for Independent Education, Council on Occupational Education, Florida Board of Nursing, US Department of Education, ACEN
      Financial Impact: $10,000.00/year Travel
    2. Community Organizations – Career Source Palm Beach County, Long Term Care Directors of Nursing Association, YWCA, InJacobs Shoes
      Financial Impact: $4,000.00/year
    3. Professional Associations – Florida Associate of Post Secondary Schools and Colleges, Florida Nurse Association, Sigma Theta Tau, FL Deans & Directors
      Financial Impact: $4,000.00/year
  2. To maintain a current curriculum and resources that are not more than five years old. Print Resources
    Financial Impact: $2,000.00/year
  3. To achieve the annual objectives that have been set.

    1. Practical Nursing Program Goals:
      Financial Impact: $10,000.00/year
      1. 75% or above completion rate within 150% of program
      2. 85% or above training related placement including drops
      3. Meet or exceed the National Average Percentage for passing NCLEX-PN Exam
      4. Initiate revised curriculum


    2. Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program Goals:
      Financial Impact: $20,000.00/year
      1. ACEN Compliance
      2. Staff familiar with Accreditation Standards
      3. 50% Completion within 150% of program length
      4. 85% training related placement
      5. Meet or exceed the National Average Percentage for passing NCLEX-RN Exam.
      6. Distance Education to include proctored Final Exam
      7. % completion within 100% of program


    3. Health Occupations Program Goals:
      Financial Impact: $10,000.00/year
      1. To evaluate staffing levels and assignments monthly
      2. To demonstrate meeting faculty qualifications
      3. To evaluate classroom, clinical, and simulation
      4. To provide evidence of faculty development
      5. To evaluate curriculum following each cohort experience
      6. Maintain Rehab/Restorative Assistant Program in active status




ACADEMY FOR NURSING AND HEALTH OCCUPATIONS
Accreditation Committees 2022


TOPICMEMBERS 
Conditions
C. Giambatista, Resource
M. Arias, Chair
S. Adduci
L. Gackenheimer Richards
R. Werner
 
Standard #1
Mission
R.Werner, Chair
L. Gackenheimer Richards
C. Giambatista
J. Miller
L. Gackenheimer Richards
A. Stiles
Standard #2
Patient Care Technician
Dr. Adduci, Chair
R. Werner
C. Giambatista
L. Gackenheimer Richards
B. Dortch
M. Alma
Rehab/Restorative Asst
Dr. Adduci, Chair
M. Alma
R. Werner
L. Gackenheimer Richards
C. Giambatista
ADN
COE-Standard #2
ACEN 1-6

N. Asser, Chair
R. Werner
L. Patterson
D. Gilzine
K. Gulledge
L. Kanakry
M. Joseph
C. Sheffield
M. Berneche
M. Berneche
T. Parker
R. Ghassemi
C. Previlma
L. Gackenheimer Richards
L. Patterson
J. McGinley
PN
N. Asser, Chair
L. Kanakry
D. Macavinta
L. Gackenheimer Richards
R. Werner
A. Gill
C. Williams
A. Stallings
D. Grotke
D. Grotke
B. Costakes
L. Gackenheimer Richards
J. Rubin
M. Alma
Standard #3
Outcomes
S. Adduci, Chair
J. Miller
C. Giambatista
N. Asser
M. Adduci
M. Adduci
L. Gackenheimer Richards
R. Werner
Standard #4
Strategic Planning
R. Werner, Chair
S. Adduci
N. Asser
C. Giambatista
J. Miller
L Gackenheimer Richards
M. Adduci
Standard #5
Learning Resources
C. Giambatista, Resource
M. Arias, Chair
K. Gulledge
N. Asser
S. Adduci
L. Gackenheimer Richards
L. Kanakry
Standard #6
Physical Resources
C. Giambatista, Resource
M. Arias, Chair
R. Werner
L. Gackenheimer Richards
 
Standard #7
Financial Resources
K. Leishman, Chair
C. Giambatista
S. Adduci
N. Asser
L. Gackenheimer Richards
M. Arias
Standard #8
Human Resources
R. Werner, Chair
C. Giambatista
K. Leishman
L. Gackenheimer Richards
Standard #9
Organizational Structure
R. Werner, Chair
S. Adduci
C. Giambatista
M. Arias
L. Gackenheimer Richards
Standard #10
Student Services &Activities
S. Adduci, Chair
J. Bymaster
C. Giambatista
A. Stiles
J. Miller
E. Quillin
L. Gackenheimer Richards
B. GlibowskiR. Werner
L. Rodriguez
ACEN Accreditation/Self Study
N. Asser - Chair
L. Gackenheimer Richards, Co-Chair
R. Werner
L. Patterson
D. Morrison
K. Gulledge
L. Kanakry
L. Patterson
M. Berneche
T. Parker
R. Ghassemi
C. Previlma
M. Joseph

POLICY FOR THE STRATEGIC PLAN


Purpose/Scope of Services:
Evaluation of Vital School Functions and Services in order to develop and utilize a Strategic Plan to guide excellence and continuous improvement for ANHOProcedure:
  1. Evaluation will be ongoing and formally compiled into an annual report summarizing Quality Assurance and Improvement;
Major Activities:
  1. The following areas will be evaluated by the indicated means and by the indicated school official


FunctionFunction Evaluative Measures and FrequencyFrequencyResponsible Person
Academic Achievement of Objectives and CurrencyStudent Grades
Monthly Progress Notes
Management Plans
Pass/Fail Rates for State Testing (CNA & NCLEX)
Weekly
Monthly
Monthly
Quarterly
Academic Dean
Asst Academic Dean
AttendanceAttendance Records
Management Plans
Weekly
Ongoing
Academic Dean
Asst Academic Dean
Clinical Achievement of Objectives and CurrencyAvailability
Utilization
Satisfaction
Each clinical assignmentAcademic Dean
Asst Academic Dean
RetentionReview StatisticsQuarterlyAcademic Dean
Asst Academic Dean
Employment / PlacementReview Placement Book
Offer Assistance and Guidance
30/90 day post-training completion
Analyze and correct reasons for non-placement
Evaluate, Correct, Repeat
Quarterly
Quarterly
Quarterly
Quarterly
Academic Dean
Asst Academic Dean
Dean of Student Services
Faculty DevelopmentParticipation in Continuing EducationQuarterlyAcademic Dean
Student ActivitiesStudent Satisfaction Surveys
Insure Satisfactory Progress achieved by graduation
Alumnae/Employer Surveys
Quarterly
Bi-Annually

Ongoing
Academic Dean;
Assistant Dean
Dean of Student Services
Health & SafetyReview, investigate and follow-up Incident and Accident reports
Summarize, evaluate, modify practice

Ongoing
Quarterly
Director of Operations
Staff Support and TelecommunicationsCheck documents for quality of copies, typographical errors, organization and filing systems
Check timeliness of jobs completed
Check phones answered by third ring
Check courtesy
Check accuracy of messages
Ongoing
Ongoing
Ongoing
Ongoing
Ongoing
Dean of Student Services
Record RequestsCheck for release signature
Check for compliance with 48 hour turn-around
Ongoing
Ongoing
Dean of Student Services
Outreach/RecruitmentCheck Reports
Check follow-up and guidance sessions
Weekly
Ongoing
Dean of Student Services


  1. It will be the responsibility of the Executive Director to summarize the above reports and present them annually to the staff and faculty, the Advisory Council and the Board of Directors.

  2. After parties of interest analyze the Annual Evaluative Report, a Strategic Plan is developed to include the following categories: Finance, Development, Physical Plant/Media Resources, IT Security, Student Population, Educational Needs, Faculty, Community Needs, Commitment to Excellence, Evaluation, Table of Organization, Mission and Vision, Annual Accreditation and Committee Assignments


Evaluation of the Plan:
The Staff, Faculty, Advisory Council and Board of Directors use the results of the Annual Report to develop the Strategic Plan. Student input is taken into consideration also when it is revised, which is at least annually and more often as needed.

The Executive Director is responsible for coordinating the development of and sharing of the Strategic Plan.

Major Publications:
The Strategic Plan will be accessible on the school’s web site and will also be accessible in paper copy for Students, the Staff and Faculty, Advisory Council, and Board of Directors.

Constituents with which the Plan is shared:
StudentAdvisors
General PublicBoard of Directors
Staff & FacultyAffiliating Agencies


Budgetary Resources for each revision
Employee time for collecting data, analyzing, and compilation
Financial Impact     $8,000.00

Web Site Access
Financial Impact     $1,000.00

Paper Publication
Financial Impact     $1,000.00

TOTAL       $10,000.00

2022 INSTITUTIONAL GOALS


  1. Raise the level of successful completion of students via extra help and tutoring sessions.
  2. Teach students to balance life and learn how to actively study via monitoring changes made to study activities vs grades achieved.
  3. Document empirical evidence of best practices and evidenced based teaching through scholarly research.