The training component of the program is lengthy and rigorous. It begins with a Pre-Assessment Review that is designed to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each nurse in order to customize the nurse’s training. NNI’s training program is distinctive in its use of technology (proprietary curriculum management, student progress/evaluation tracking software), dynamic curriculum (updated daily base on real-time performance) and instructor quality.
The ITP program, designed by NNI along with Mexconex Partner currently involves the following training and instructional modules:
- ODISEA – 80 hours of leadership development and team building skills performed both in off-site locations and classroom settings.
- POE Test Taking Skills: 150 hours of classroom training and 150 of non-classroom exercises under a program adapted for NNI’s students by Vancouver Medical English Institute (VMEI) from its world-renown medical communications program;
- IELTS Training – 80 hours of classroom training and 160 hours of non-classroom activities focused on test-taking skills and continued improvement of English skills under a program adapted for NNI students by G.E.T. English (Dallas, Texas).
- Initial Clinical Evaluation in the United States – 60 hours of initial clinical evaluation of the nurses through the nursing program at El Centro Community College in Dallas, Texas, intended to (i) allow the nurses to better understand the expectations of the US hospital environment prior to their participation in the intensive training modules of the ITP program, and (ii) allow the strengths and weaknesses of each nurse to be evaluated at an early time and, thus, permit aspects of the ITP program to be adjusted accordingly with respect to each nurse;
- Clinical Boot Camp – 440 hours of classroom instruction and 120 hours of non-classroom exercises focused on addressing differences that exist between nursing practices in Mexican hospitals and nursing practices in United States hospitals;
- Accreditation (NCLEX-RN) Training – 360 hours of classroom instructions and additional self-study exercises in a program developed by Kaplan exclusively for NNI students;
- Cultural Skills Workshop – 40 hours of case studies designed to provide nurses with the tools and frameworks for caring for patients from different cultures;
- Clinical Simulation Workshop and Evaluation Center – 30 hours of classroom training and 120 hours of supervised clinical simulation work within the nursing program of El Centro Community College in Dallas, Texas, which facility provides the opportunity for the nurses to train in a life-like 50-bed US hospital environment, including four operating rooms, cutting-edge technology, and automated pharmacy and resource distribution facilities;
- Clinical Rotations in a Texas Hospital – Over 120 hours of preceptor-led rotations at a Dallas hospital, including debriefings, one-on-one instructional opportunities and hands-on patient interaction opportunities in a supervised working hospital environment. Past generations have done their clinical rotation in Parkland and Baylor Hospitals in the Dallas area;
- Cultural Adaption Workshops – 40 hours of workshops and activities related to adapting to life in the United States, including completion of all required legal and logistical procedures and an introduction to community services, religious groups, and cultural centers in the city of residence.